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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Great Thrills

One of the great thrill of my career was arriving in Paris for my first solo exhibition. As the taxi entered the main stream of the city, I saw a poster announcing my show. Then another and
another. The closer we got to the gallery, the posters proliferated and reality set in. I was showing in Paris! The French treat an artist with great respect and dignity.
Paris is for painters what Vienna is for musicians. One has to be there to get the seal of approval. I went back to Paris many times, but never got that thrill of my first time exhibiting there.

Hurray for Karen Cooper, director of Film Forum

Film Forum was founded by two young cineastes in 1970 with a $2000 investment, a tiny 16mm Bell& Howell projector and a rented loft space on West 88th Street. with 50 folding chairs, one projector and a $19,000 annual budget. Karen Cooper became director in 1972 and under her leadership, Film Forum moved downtown to the Vandam Theater in 1975. In 1980, Cooper led the construction of a twin cinema on Watts Street. Finally, in 1989, when the Watts Street cinema was demolished by developers, Film Forum’s current Houston Street cinema was built. Today, Film Forum is a 3-screen cinema open 365 days a year, with 275,000 annual admissions, 462 seats, 55 employees, 4600 members and a nearly $4 million operating budget.
We present two distinct, complementary film programs .Would be great if we had more Karen Cooper all over the country. I am happy to be a member of that organization which has give us so many precious art movies from the past and the present.

“Raising a joyful hell in a small space”

Founded in 1996 by three of New York’s most acclaimed downtown theater artists-director Jim Simpson, designer Kyle Chepulis and playwright Mac Wellman- the award-winning Flea Theater was originally formed out of the purely artistic impulse to create a “joyful hell in a small space”. Brash energetic, and dedicated, Flea Theater become a downtown beacon for creative artists of every discipline, and for audiences seeking bold and inventive work


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