" I was very
upset by the descriptions of the upcoming show at the Jewish Museum
("Who Owns the Show?" Arts, Feb. 25), which
seem to be more concerned with creating notoriety for the individual artists
and specifically the curator, rather than with healing the wounds
that the tragedy of the
Holocaust has imprinted upon us. As a child of survivors (my parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were in concentration camps), the need to paint about the Holocaust has been a recurring experience for me. I have tried for many many hours to search for ways to paint about it without resorting to cliché or sentimentality and, most specifically, not to rely on how easy it is to use the Holocaust to cause outrage as a way of getting a response to the work.
I am appalled that curator Norma Klebatt felt it necessary to ignore any work made by
the children of survivors and that only four of the
artists in the show are even Jewish. It seems
that we are living at a time where media attention is increasingly
the only motivation for museum shows and the art that is on show
You mention my painting "I swaswillbe'' as part of an exhibit at Yeshiva University. I thought you might
be interested in seeing a photo of the painting.