June 18, 1994
OK, I'm reading Susan Kandel's art review over a cup of coffee ("Visions of Seduction, Repulsion," June 9). I'm sitting in the breakfast nook, my decidedly generous tush in a pair of decidedly generous rumpled sweat pants, my middle-aged bosom a lot farther south than in the accompanying illustration. The snide descriptives--"pathetic," "absurdly bloated," "less failures than mutants," "overstuffed," "with their massive thighs . . . (they) wholly elude the reach of the pornographic"--keep piling up, and I'm starting to wonder exactly what is being reviewed here: the artist's creative expression or the presumed prior gustatory offenses of the models?
November 20, 1993
Thanks, Susan Kandel! Humor seems to have disappeared from newspapers lately, and your mock review of an obviously imaginary exhibition at a "Grimes Gallery" was a masterpiece of satire (" 'Night': Pop Works Filtered Through a Gay Lens," Nov. 11). You did telegraph your punch by saying that the "painterly incident is due to something as unaesthetic as grime," but this made the rest more reachable. You gave a beautiful imitation of a typically opaque comment by a pompous critic: ". . . Each is a conceptual trope, dictated by a unique, predetermined and minutely calibrated system."
June 11, 2006 |
JUST in case books written by women haven't been shoehorned into enough marketing categories, there's a new one, coined in the Washington Post. So-called pink mysteries are books by women that feature a female protagonist (miserable love life optional) who solves crimes while decked out in designer heels and expensive manicures. No hard-boiled detectives in trench coats please!
April 2, 1994
Re: "Rummaging in the Getty's Storerooms" by Susan Kandel (March 18). The Getty's seventh floor on Wilshire Boulevard may not be the best exhibition site, and the local artists selected may not have the New York art-world sheen, but the double accomplishment of opening up the collection to public scrutiny and simultaneously giving five Los Angeles artists a space should be encouraged, not trashed. I, for one, relished the opportunity to browse through, select and handle the wondrous old books in the collection and am grateful for that experience.
May 3, 1990
Inspired by the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, a wall of 10,000 names has been unveiled in Exposition Park as a tribute to the men, women and children who have lost their lives in El Salvador's civil war. Several hundred Salvadoran refugees and peace activists, along with a group of Vietnam veterans, built the wall in March with the support of Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell. The wall will remain on a lawn next to the Museum of Natural History until September.
July 1, 1995
For Susan Kandel to label the show "June Bride" at the Sherry Frumkin Gallery as "feminist art" is ridiculous ("A Promising Aesthetic in Feminist Art," Calendar, June 22). The modern definition of the word feminist is the political movement of equal rights for both sexes. This show is far from that definition. Does Ms. Kandel consider the images of this show as feminine? If this is true then when does an image become masculine? That would mean that anything in between would be androgynous.