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THE JERUSALEM REPORT - APRIL 22ND 2002

 

PAINTING THE HOLOCAUST
Letter to the Editor

 

 

" 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 in them.

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.

Geoff Lawrence

Galisteo,
NewMexrco

 
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