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To the editors:

The subject of this letter is the issue of August 19th, the column called "Hot Type," and an advertisement on page 43 [Section 2].

Mr. Miner wrote of the distress of the New York artist Nan Goldin upon discovering that she had been "raped" and "violated" by the Polish artist Jacek Siudzinski.

I presume that in her use of the title The Ballad of Sexual Dependency Ms. Goldin is careful to credit Brecht.

Did Mr. Miner not notice this Brecht connection?

If Ms. Goldin had ever suggested to Ms. Edelman in any serious way that she wanted the paintings of Mr. Siudzinski destroyed, that would be too bad. If an artist and a dealer want paintings destroyed, they should understand that this is an activity best left to aldermen and other officials. Further, both persons should be referred to the catalogue of the Whitney Museum of American Art called Art About Art, and should perhaps read the essay by the distinguished art writer Leo Steinberg.

I hope Mr. Jeff Abell was misquoted when he said, "Get the pieces out of general circulation as quickly as possible." What would Mr. Abell, for whom I have the greatest respect, have the Louvre do with Manet's Le Dejeuner sur l'Herbe . . . Put it in the basement? Get it out of circulation? Or does he think it could be retitled After Marcantonio Raimondi After Raphael?

But, best of all, after Mr. Miner's high moral tone, was to discover further in the Reader a full page ad for the Steppenwolf Theatre Company whose central image is lifted from a film. Which film? Why no credit line? Someone, somewhere, must own the image.

I was a trifle bemused . . . but, as always, highly entertained.

James Garrett Faulkner

N. Wilton

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