COUNTERPUNCH LETTERS : An Art Embarrassment
Gail Choice, whose credentials are given as a film and TV producer, writer and director (all that, sans credits?), claims that the Hollywood La Brea Gateway warmed her Hollywood, feminist and civil rights heritage. She lambasted Christopher Knight, but had no fundamental critique for what he accurately described as “the most depressingly awful work of public art in recent memory.”
To whatever extent Choice may be right that the four women depicted are “pioneers” and “women of steel,” the opposite of that vision and spirit has been (mis)created in this work. If anything, it perpetuates the image of these cinema queens as sex symbols.
The Gateway is an embarrassment as a work of art.
DORAN WILLIAM CANNON