Letter to ARC

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Letter to ARC

From Fred Ross, ARC Chairman

Published before 2005


Dear Chris,

With hundreds of emails per day, I really can't answer this as it deserves. But suffice it to say that I like all of the artists you ask about below.

Impressionism is a technique, and as all technique rises or falls to the degree to which it aids and supports the composition and theme. Some subjects work better with loose painting and some with tight and highly controlled. Neither is better. There are only better paintings of which one or the other technique has been successfully or unsuccessfully employed.

We are diametrically antagonistic to the idea of anyone outlawing anything when it comes to people's freedom of expression. Remember that the modernists have banned all forms of contemporary realism if, god forbid, they are uplifting or life affirming. The NEA won't give one nickel to exhibit realism, but spends liberally on offensive groups like the Kitchen Dancers who perform in the nude inserting vegetables in their orifices.

We don't think modernist painting should be burned or outlawed. We just think it's junk and apparently so do most of the 5,600,000 yearly visitors to our site.

Thank you for your comments.

Fred Ross
Chairman,
Art Renewal Center, 100 Markley Street, Port Reading, NJ 07064
Http://www.artrenewal.org/index.html