Over the years I have written four letters to The New York Times.Two of them were published which shows that my view points were taken into consideration.

Monday, January 01, 2007

FEAR NO ART

Most of my work is about everyday life in New York ...the odd juxtapositions the diversity of cultures that make this city unique. But when a major upheavel occurs, such as the attack on 9/11, everyone, including artists, is afeected and desires to express feelings so deep. That is why I did several pieces on the World Trade Center destruction. I knew that for a few years this event would be to raw and painful for most people to want to see a reminder. But I felt compelled to do this work and I knew of many historic precedents of art work inpired by unpleasant, even gruosome current events. Eventually the horror fades...but not the sense of emotional involvement. Recently the Museum of Modern Art in New York showed Manet' s graphic depction of the execution of Emperor Maximillian in Mexico. This painting conveys the artist strong reaction in a way thet still moves viewers.
I hope my Wdorld Trade Center pieces will eventually enable viewers to understand emotionally this frightening event.