This letter is written to clarify statements that were attributed to me that are either incorrect or were taken out of context in your recent article "Art for Whose Sake?"
One of the specific questions from the list of seven asked dealt with the proposed budget for the festival. My response was that I had no idea what the festival would cost and that perhaps the $4 million being proposed at the time was a conservative estimate. I did not say that the mayor "has grossly underestimated the cost."
What is most disturbing to me about the article is that it failed to include the positive ideas I put forward to incorporate vital Soviet contemporary art into the festival. I gave specific names of contemporary Soviet artists, including Bruskin, Zakharov, and the Kopystianskayas. I talked about the inclusion of the Russian avant-garde artists including Rodchenko, Archipenko, and Tatlin. I suggested that the festival planners immediately convene a visual arts round-table and invite all the nonprofit visual spaces in San Diego, including the Centro (Cultural de la Raza), Installation and Sushi, the college and university art galleries, including SDSU, UCSD, Grossmont, Southwestern and Mesa, and the museums. And that those professionals develop and create joint programs where Soviet artists would be brought here to work in residence and in collaboration with San Diego artists.