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Art Attack!

Posted by Geoff Edgers  March 30, 2008 11:42 PM

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Letter to the Editor, March 27, 2008

SO, OVER here you have the Museum of Fine Arts, Institute of Contemporary Art, Rose Museum, and the DeCordova working assiduously to collectively create one of the world's great collections of contemporary art.

And over here you have hundreds of young Boston artists creating bold new works of great vision and imagination.

And then over here you have the Globe running a front-page article ("Courthouse's bold art draws a mixed verdict," March 24) tut-tutting over the exorbitant sums - "in tax dollars" - paid for works by contemporary art icon Ellsworth Kelly that some locals just don't get.

Well, duh!

No doubt a reporter could find similar stupefaction regarding contemporary art among the citizens of New York, Paris, London, and other major cities. But it's doubtful the story would be featured on the front page of the leading local newspapers.

Yes, the Globe has done excellent work over the years in championing Boston artists and art institutions. But the Kelly item was a low blow for no apparent good news reason. In these parlous times, the arts and artists need all the support they can get.

And as for the guy who thinks he can buy some plywood at Home Depot and make a Kelly-like "masterwork"? Good for him. At least he's creating.

TERRY CATCHPOLE
Wellesley

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Artist Ellsworth Kelly calls his flat blocks of color, hung in the rotunda at the Moakley courthouse, "wall sculptures." (Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff)

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