Monday, October 4, 2010

Motivation Monday- Your Shoe is My Shoe

Did Monday just zip by? I have been spackeling/painting and getting everything ready for Portland Open Studios this next weekend.  So wish me a little luck.



I wanted to share something with you that when I get a little down I read this letter and it's hanging up in my studio.

The Museum of Modern Art
New York 19
11 West 53rd Street
The Museum Collections
October 18, 1956
Dear Mr. Warhol:

Last week our Committee on the Museum Collections held its first meeting of the fall season and had a chance to study your  drawing entitled Shoe which you so generously offered as a gift to the Museum.

I regret that I must report to you that the Committee decided, after careful consideration, that they ought not to accept it for our Collection.
Let me explain that because of our severely limited gallery and storage space we must turn down many gifts offered, since we feel it is not fair to accept as a gift a work which may be shown only infrequently.

Nevertheless, the Committee has asked me to pass on to you their thanks for your generous expression of interest in our Collection.

                                                                                     Sincerely,
                                                                                          
                                                                                     Alfred H Barr, JR.
                                                                                     Director of the Museum Collections

Mr. Andy Warhol
242 Lexington Avenue
New York, New York

P.S.The drawing may be picked up from the Museum at your convenience.



6 comments:

Noodles and Waffles said...

Wishing you a little luck...

I wonder if this committee regretted this decision later.

P.S. Have you seen The Art of the Steal?

Erika Lee Sears said...

Yes! That movie made me feel like I got a little smarter! haha

Heartfire At Home said...

Wow, there you go!!! Imagine people turning down his work now.... don't think that's gonna happen!

One of my favourite childhood books was one called A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. It won the Newbery Medal and many other book awards..... and it took her over 40 tries to get it published.

Somtimes we don't get noticed straight away!!!

Linda. x

P.S: I'm glad you're a secret 'gnome admirer' too!! xx

bobbi said...

good luck!!
That was one smart committee. i would like to know what kind of career they had after that episode.

Erika Lee Sears said...

I loved that book Wrinkle in Time. I haven't read it in a long time but I was mesmerized by the art on the book cover because of the wing and the eye.

Wow 40 years! I think the hardest thing in life is not giving up and do what you do. :)

Michelle Brunner said...

Love this! Even amazing artists have gotten rejected!