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RE: Pollack Stamp - A Possible Solution?

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craig roland (rolandc)
Sat, 20 Feb 1999 23:21:46 -0500

I've read the responses to Sharon's posting with both some concern and a
smile. I beg to differ with Mark in that I do feel we need to be concerned
when people (particularly gov. officials) take it upon themselves to revise
history...however minor the change might seem.

I am curious about the legal/ethicial issues involved in "altering" the
photographer's picture of Pollack. It reminds me of when Time magazine
altered the mug shot of OJ Simpson making him appear more sinister. These
incidents just go to show that we can no longer accept the photograph as an
accurate record of history or current events. (Which in my mind is the
"real lesson" to be learned here.)

Before I get flamed by those who support such "revisionist" practices, I do
feel that we all make certain decisions about what our students need to
know (or not know) about a particular artist. I assume most of us walk
delicately when it comes to discussing van Gogh's mental illness or the
lifestyles of certain well-known artists.

For me, there is a simple solution to the Pollack stamp. We just take a
marker and draw in a cigarette with little puff on the stamp before using
it. ;7)


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School of Art and Art History, FAC 302,
University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
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