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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:

A few months ago I sent you a letter responding to Andrew Hultkrans’s wicked little article on LA art schools [“Surf and Turf,” Summer ’98]. As director of CalArts’ Program in Fine Arts, I was anxious to add my observations to the public debate. But unfortunately, you decided not to run it. I am writing this letter to protest your decision.

In my letter, I criticized Hultkrans for his sloppy journalism. His uncritical reliance on Charles Ray, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe, and Richard Hertz helped advance the idea that Art Center and UCLA are the hottest art schools in the country, replacing CalArts, a once great school whose recent emphasis on politically correct art precipitated its declining reputation.

I asked, Why would Gilbert-Rolfe and Hertz try to injure CalArts’ reputation? I decided it was because they were getting old and they needed to do something to restore their youth.

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