De Kooning showed in Baltimore galleryAfter reading The...


March 27, 1997

De Kooning showed in Baltimore gallery

After reading The Sun's story on the passing of Willem de Kooning, I became alarmed that Sun archives have been perhaps destroyed or misplaced.

On Feb. 5, 1982, Sun art critic Elisabeth Stevens wrote: ''The de Kooning show . . ., is unquestionably one of the most significant exhibitions ever hand at an art gallery in Baltimore.''

Again, on April 2, 1987, under the headline, ''A Dazzling de Kooning,'' John Dorsey wrote, ''The C. Grimaldis Gallery is bringing us some important exhibits just now . . . Hans Hofmann a couple of months ago, de Kooning, and the sculptor Anthony Caro next month. Such riches demand attention and none more that the works of de Kooning.''

And there were other occasions that Bill de Kooning participated in exhibitions here and was reviewed by The Sun. All this must have been lost in your archives, because not a mention was made that de Kooning ever exhibited in Baltimore.

Bill de Kooning did not seek out Baltimore. The C. Grimaldis Gallery sought out this modern master, and he was happy to be part of us for not one but two solo exhibitions. Several of the drawings and paintings that are now in Baltimore and Washington collections came from these exhibitions.

Constantine Grimaldis


C7 The writer is director of the C. Grimaldis Gallery.

Sculptor replies to critics, vandals

First I'd like to thank you for mentioning my work in the same (March 11) editorial as the great photographer of beauty, Robert Mapplethorpe. You are doing me a favor.

But I also think we should get a few things straight since you attempt to also slap me on the wrist.

The sculpture's fingers were made of ceramic and reached heights of seven feet, as opposed to your statement of plaster fingers of only "a few feet tall."

The further this thing goes, the more and more I like the title ''Fingers of Fear." It has become more than my fears. It has illustrated the fears of the public, including yourself. Why are people so afraid of art? I don't hear the same outrage at the used condoms littering the grade-school playground. How about the condom ads on television? There are bigger problems that art, and deep inside I think you know that.

Steve Jones


'Fingers' artist naive about reaction to work

What's amazing to me about the destruction of the "Fingers of Fear" exhibit is the artist's complete shock about the incident, as I had read in The Sun. On a busy public road in the city, he placed a very controversial piece of artwork that would, by its nature, offend some people. It seems to me that the exhibit's destruction was only a matter of time. In no way do I condone vandalism and I hope the culprits who did it are caught, but I certainly must question the artist's naivete.

Rick Perry


Health appeals could be altered

I suppose the bill requiring health insurers to allow patients to appeal unfavorable coverage decisions is, as The Sun's March 20 editorial says, "a step in the right direction."

However, these appeals are often long, cumbersome and rather arcane processes that are difficult for most people to undertake and sustain. Add to that the probability that the process must be undertaken by a very sick person and it becomes nearly impossible. A patient who is in some cases fighting for his life does not have the time, energy and resources to take on an appeal fight with the bureaucracy.

Why not reverse the process? Make the insurers pay up and then appeal to get their money back.

Linda Loew


Gambling addiction is no fun for anyone

Those people who advocate slot machines as a way of improving the Maryland economy have not, I am sure, spent much time in a community which allows them.

Some years ago, my husband, young son and I owned a ranch in Nevada, 70 miles southeast of Reno.

Occasionally, we had occasion to drive to this metropolis. The main street was filled with bars, every one sporting a couple of slot machines, and gambling arcades featuring rows of slots as well as gaming tables.

Even in the morning, but especially during lunch hours, people stopped in to feed the machines. We often stood and watched those who commandeered three or four machines and progressed methodically from one to another.

Grim-faced and silent, they didn't seem to be having much fun. If one of their machines did spew out a few coins, these would be fed into another machine. We never saw anyone win the jackpot.

Over the years, I have kept up with the wife of the rancher next to our place. Recently I wrote to tell her that politicians in Maryland were anxious to introduce gambling as a way to raise revenue for the state.

My friend, a lifelong Nevadan, wrote back: ''Don't let them bring in gambling. Fight it as hard as you can."

Mary W. Griepenkerl


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