Let me clarify: I think your suggestion, often implicit but still - for me anyway - very strong, that Schneemann's private letters are continuous with her art practice, indeed that her epistolary performances are as well shaped and as strong as her art works and thus as worthy of critical regard as the public art work, is radical and may well be resisted by many art historians. While it is certainly true that other major artists have had their letters scrutinized by art historians - perhaps most compellingly Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo - these letters have entered the scholarship on Van Gogh as primarily "documentary proof" about his life, his struggles, his hopes and so on.2 The letters, in this sense, are not usually read as works of art, but rather as empirical testimony and evidence of when certain paintings were made and what he was thinking/feeling/ trying and so on. [...] Carolee's films (and work) can be very tender when it comes to her friends and beloved associates, as in Carl Ruggles Christmas Breakfast 1963 (2007), a work based on her friendship with the composer.
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