The recent article excerpt on Animism by Gina Fraone (“Sacred Monsters: Everyday Animism in Contemporary Japanese Art and Animation” at Tufts University Art Gallery; November/December 2009) makes me want to hop on a northbound jet immediately and see the exhibit for myself. What a clever relating of childhood memories to the all-too-childlike-andwhimsical
oddities of this cultural facet of Japanese art. Nice work!
Just a quick thank you for a very thoughtful and well-written article about my work by Rick Agran in the November/December 2009 artscope. This show, “Fabricating Time,” is now in its third venue and has received its share of
commentary but I think your piece captures best the spirit and intent of my work. It is not possible that in that late night conversation from Morocco — and after I’d had several glasses of wine — I could have been as articulate as you [Rick] made me out to be, so thank you for whatever tidying up you had to do.
I want to thank you for the very fine essay Franklin W. Liu wrote about our show, “no man’s land,” at the AIB Institute of Boston Gallery in Cambridge. I just want to say how meaningful it is to read his comments and thoughts. Good criticism always offers us a chance to see our work differently, sparking new ideas and pursuits. Both Dana and I realized when we met Franklin that the essay would be a gift to us. Thanks so very much for his interest and efforts. I especially noted his words about “death’s feast.” Preparing the wall text for the exhibition, I went back to look at Thomas Mann’s ending of Magic Mountain. He refers to “this feast of death.” And it is just exactly what it is. I look forward to now following your articles even more closely.
I have recently moved to Lowell and have enjoyed my first reading of your magazine. I am also a volunteer with the Ayer Lofts Gallery at 172 Middle Street; I wish I had known of your magazine earlier and invited your staff to the closing reception in November for our “Evocations: A Collage Odyssey” display by Sandra Shuman and Carol Procter. Congratulations on your exciting and varied coverage of the New England culture. I look forward to the next edition.
Thank you for the kind and wonderful review by Brian Goslow of my “Baseball Faces” exhibition at the Panopticon Gallery
in your September/October 2009 issue. I have sent a copy to my pal, Willie Lee, who I am sure will get a smile on his
face. When he sends me some pecans from the tree in his backyard in Birmingham, I will send you some.