Editor -- This is the first time I've written to The Chronicle, I think. I want to thank Kenneth Baker for his thoughtful analysis and interview with Gottfried Helnwein concerning Helnwein's show at the Legion of Honor. An academic by training, I've learned to experience art without first reading critics and their analysis (or even biographical information about the artist). This I did with great success at Helnwein's exhibition at the Legion of Honor recently, which I came upon as if by accident.
After the initial experience, which included humor, horror, understanding and admiration, I added Baker's timely review. I'm glad to have read it after I experienced the exhibition. Baker's interview with Helnwein was fascinating. Helnwein is as remarkably articulate in English as he is as a pictorial artist. His work is huge, literally, and I'm delighted that a picture of "Epiphany II (Adoration of the Shepherds)" was included.
Baker's review and concluding remarks are, quite simply, wonderful and entirely warranted by the subject.