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LETTERS

LETTERS

THAT’S ALS, FOLKS

To the Editor:

After my complete dismay and sadness from reading the October 1999 Artforum article “Frank Appraisal,” I would like to share a few thoughts. Hilton Als’s “slant” is an outrageous, libelous diatribe!

The exhibition “In Memory of My Feelings: Frank O’Hara and American Art” seemed to be a launching point for Als to vent his personal fury with a vicious attack against Frank O’Hara. Portraits are often more about the artist’s psyche than about the artist's model! In addition to Als’s mocking response to various portraits and photographs, he touts an uneven and, in many instances, inaccurate book of confusion of fact, fiction, and hearsay—City Poet: The Life and Times of Frank O’Hara by Brad Gooch. Gooch projected death and created a cynical, ominous tone that distorted and diminished Frank and his fully accomplished life. Neither Als nor Gooch knew Frank

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