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The Bear Facts

To the Editor:

James Quandt’s critique of Agnès Varda’s trilogy of films, Cinévardaphoto (2004), of which Ydessa, the Bears and Etc. . . . is one component [Artforum, April 2005], prompts me to contribute my voice to the chorus of others.

In allowing Varda to document my large group show “Partners,” 2003–2004, I trusted in her much-touted “curiosity,” followed her direction, and facilitated her project without interference. I hoped for a respectful approach on her part, and in practical terms I had thought I might gain some professional footage to support my doctoral dissertation on my curatorial practice in “Partners.”

In the end, however, Varda essentially repackages “Partners,” choosing as she does to focus on my piece Partners (The Teddy Bear Project), 2002–2003, together with two artworks by Maurizio Cattelan—Untitled, 1998, in the form of a taxidermied dog, and Him,

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