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Misread Sculpture

November 24, 1990

In response to " 'Novel Ideas' Bound by Literal Works" by Cathy Curtis (Calendar, Nov. 16):

With all my respect to one of (The Times') most vicious art critics, who knows her stuff very well, I would like to set one very important item in that article straight, which will completely change the distorted and wrong way she reviewed my sculpture "The American Dream." The book I was given was a double paperback by Edward Albee, the author of "Who Is Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" The actual title of the book was "The Zoo Story" and "The American Dream" (two stage plays). The second one, which I focused my piece on, was written by Albee in 1961.

If you will read this short play, you will realize that I am not at all interested in putting genitals where they do not belong or purposely getting off on the trendy fad of explicitness and censorship. I had a very valid reason for my "good measure" placement.

It's easy to categorize an artist's work when it's singled out of context or put into the wrong context without knowing the overall guts of the artist's work.

LILLI MULLER

San Clemente

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