PRINT January 1999


Wooly Bully


To the Editor:

Does Dave Hickey have a personal grudge against Christopher Wool? Or Ann Goldstein? His review of Christopher Wool’s exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in the October issue of Artforum certainly seems like an attack on both of them and on anyone who actually thinks Mr. Wool is a talented, worthy artist who is saying something unique with his paintings right now (and not just “ten-years-ago”).

Mr. Hickey writes that he felt he “was looking at the wrong art, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and that it was being recommended to [him] for the wrong reasons.” My response to the show was exactly the opposite. I have never been so moved by an exhibition. Mr. Hickey says we need to feel the artist’s purpose in our bodies and not be told what to feel by a curator. Standing in front of a black painting from the mid-’80s, I was breathless from

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