Some of Cathy Curtis' comments (Sept. 22) regarding the Modern Museum of Art are correct. The museum did put on a Tamayo exhibit, and it did borrow perhaps too heavily from the greatest Tamayo collection in the United States.
Yet most of her review is off the mark and leaves me wondering if we saw the same artist or the same exhibit. She looks at paintings vibrant with the hues of a master colorist and sees them as lifeless. She stands before a brilliant fusion of pre-Columbian and modernist art, unique in all the world, and calls Tamayo a follower. Presumably she would have been one of the first detractors of "Les demoiselles d'Avignon," another work notable for its fusion of styles.
She reads a welcoming letter saying that "appreciating art is a worthy first step in improving our world" and pronounces it "naive."
She has in her hands a catalogue that might have informed her and saved her from such irresponsible comments, yet sees the museum as inadequately appreciating the power of words to inform. That she was not informed is evident. But I believe that merely giving "a glance"--either to art or an essay about it--is hardly the way to become informed.