Skip to comments.Muralist offended by 'nasty' criticism of Livermore piece (11 misspellings!)
Posted on 10/09/2004 10:30:13 AM PDT by MikalM
The artist who created the now-infamous Livermore library mosaic that contains 11 misspellings says she no longer wants to fix it because of the "nasty messages from people who don't understand art."
Maria Alquilar, who complained that her name, too, was often misspelled, said she had been overwhelmed by dozens of phone calls and more than 1,000 e- mails since her errors -- from "Eistein" to "Shakespere" to "Michaelangelo" -- were widely publicized.
Fed up, Alquilar said Friday that she was reconsidering her decision to correct her work because the people of Livermore had been so mean.
"If I come out, there will probably be a demonstration," she said. "There is so much anger. I am so upset, I can't even think straight."
Alquilar will wait for the issue to die down before she makes a firm decision, but she said she would prefer that the city just tear up the piece, which measures 16 feet in diameter and includes 175 historical names and cultural words.
"I will consent if the city wants to pay to have it removed," she said.
City officials, who paid $40,000 for the mosaic, said they hoped Alquilar would correct the mistakes but had not received an answer.
"She indicated that she is not sure if she wants to come back," said Assistant City Manager Jim Piper. "We will get her final decision next week."
The city has not decided what to do if Alquilar, who lives in Miami, refuses to return, but officials are evaluating their options....
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Typical LOONY LEFT LIBERAL. Cannot take CRITICIZISM that they so easily spread about on CONSERVATIVES.
Go for it!
Awww, poor little stupid "artist".
"Nasty messages from people who don't understand art."
I am so glad I do not "understand" "art". I do appreciate good spelling , though.
I'm sure she would have been upset if they made out her check for $400.00 insteand of $40,000.
What a moron. The work would be removed at her cost.
A few years ago I didn't know what a lefty artist was now I is one.
Gosh, I hope she finds someone who can spell for the signs.
Well, basically, that's the problem.
This mess is a crying shame. I lived in Livermore at the time, and we were all really looking forward to having our tiny old library replaced. We spent a lot of money on the new complex, and you never saw a prettier, more modern library in your life. It's just gorgeous. And then they hired this illiterate yahoo come come along and screw it up.
Affirmative action in action. Anyone have a picture of this beaut. A picture is usually worth a thosand words.
"no longer wants to fix it because of the "nasty messages from people who don't understand art."
There is nothing wrong with this artists work. She has done some serious work in the past. I agree with her that in the context of her primitive style that the mispellings are not a problem. I don't even think that these are mispellings. It is a 20th century notion that there is a "right" and "wrong" way to spell last names. The feverish attempts to denigrate this woman and her work are childish and ill-informed. Anyone on the city council that is harassing this artist should be replaced at the ballot box. Here's an excerpt from a geneology website -
In most cases, if you turn back the clock less than a century, you will find at least one, perhaps more examples of a spelling change in a surname.
Many illustrious people frequently spelled their name in various ways including William Shakespeare who spelled his name Shakespeare, Shakespere, Shakespear, Shakspere and Shaxspere. Over the centuries names have changed greatly. "
That explains it.
this woman is pretentious as all get-out.
For someone who claims other people don't understand art, she misspelled the names of other artists for pete's sake!
But... But... They're SPELLING ERRORS!
She's really upset that corrections would have to come from _her own_ pocket, probably, which could run in the thousands by themselves for those few things.
You evidently haven't seen this 'piece'. I may not know about art, but I know about crap, and this is it.
I don't even resent the fact that my taxes paid for it as much as I resent it being such an eyesore in front of our wonderful new library.
Suck it up and correct the mis-spellings. The people will be grateful. This situation comes about because we have schooled a whole generation of kids in the idea that spelling doesn't count. Not true.
Actually, they were going to pay her $6,000 to fix it!
If you are serious about your post, you should try hanging out on some other website where Ebonics and taxpayer funded sh***y art is appreciated.
And they wonder why some sensetive artists only accept what is due them if it comes from the National Endowment for the Arts. With NEA money, an artists doesn't have to be good, original or talented, only hate America and be willing to steal taxpayer money.
Get Tom Wolfe's THE PAINTED WORD.
Me, too. Spelling was always one of my favorite subjects in elementary school. I guess I got that from my mother who was one of the best spellers in her school. They had many spelling bees and she was one of the last standing every time.
Well, it's a great library (I live in Livemore) except for the fact that it's filled with junior high schoolers now playing video games on the dozens of new computers in it. It's more like an arcade than a library.
But I suppose lots of brand new libraries are like that these days. . .
And didn't I read the majority liberal council approved more money to fix it instead of suing the artist to correct her mistakes?
"Hooked on Phonics" it werked for me.
but what about "Eistein"?
"If you are serious about your post, you should try hanging out on some other website where Ebonics and taxpayer funded sh***y art is appreciated."
If you are serious about your scatalogical post, you should recognize that personal attacks on apolitical artists is not in the spirit of free expression. I don't think this woman has a political agenda here. I think there are a lot of people here that have a problem with the NEA and the idea of publicly funded art and are using this woman as a scapegoat. I simply think the hysteria is misplaced. If people have a problem with publicly funded art they should take it up with the city council and the NEA directly instead of harassing this woman with e-mail.
i love her logic:
1. she is well-educated and not dyslexic
2. none of us spell very well anymore because of computers.
i think the first statement might be incorrect, and the 2nd statement is a rationalization.
"but what about "Eistein"?"
O.K. you may have a point about Eistein. Still, the level of hysteria is bizarre. It's not like the woman is John Kerry in heels.
eye feel wee shud hab kompasun fer tha talunted graduiate ub tha piblik screwl sistem,
"Many illustrious people frequently spelled their name in various ways including William Shakespeare who spelled his name Shakespeare, Shakespere, Shakespear, Shakspere and Shaxspere."
So wright you are. In my own ancestry, in one family the father and his two sons spelt their surname three distict personal ways (Scots-Irish).
My own great-grandfather is the source for my surname. In his lifetime he spelled it three ways (Swedish).
Reasons for spelling differences abound: Many people couldn't read and write, immigration, change of customs, etc.
No justifiable reason to be hard on this woman, who is apparently a legitimate artiste.
"2. none of us spell very well anymore because of computers."
You're assessment maybe correct if you are addressing the students of the "flower power" generation and their children. But for my generation, it was a requirement that you knew how to spell, do arithmetic manually and parse sentences correctly before being advanced to the next grade. Just because Johnny was 16 and still in fifth grade did not cut it. In other words, he was not advanced until he got it right
George Bush obviously has problems with speaking in a grammatically correct way. If you look at a transcript of the debate his words and sentences probably look fractured and don't follow a strict rules.
I'm not voting for him for his strict adherence to grammar rules, but rather the content of his ideas. Kerry speaks in a rigid, grammitically correct way, but his ideas are hollow. Maybe some of the grammar police here should switch sides and vote Kerry.
the computer things was the artist's excuse for her bad spelling.
i was paraphrasing what she said.
my impression is that she just isn't very bright, is a bad speller, and doesn't even realize that it is a problem to mispell "Einstein" on a library mural.
What a coincidence!
This is precisely the overwhelming consensus of people who have seen the product of this hack "self-proclaimed" artist who would starve were it not for welfare for delusional wannabe artists.
Not only incompetent, but delusional.
The city needs her permission??
I'm sure she's quite proud of her real-life resume, and would be delighted to have it posted next to her Livermore installation.
Believe it or not, there's a law. Once an "artist" is paid to create something for a public building, the "art" cannot be altered without the permission of the "artist."
I don't remember if it's federal or state law.
But when you're committing words PERMANENTLY in front of a LIBRARY they should be spelled correctly.
A person of minimal intelligence and professionalism can check the spellings of words in an exhibit to be used in a public display. That is the point of this protest: like many artists, Alquilar is of the opinion that she can turn out crap at the taxpayers' expense, then insult people who question her professionalism. Preposterous excuses about "not understanding art" or "names not having standardized spelling" don't cut it. A seventh grader would be red-marked for misspelling Shakespeare's name, and an artist who claims to be competent to use a computer can run a spelling check.
Fix the mural or have it removed.
"A seventh grader would be red-marked for misspelling Shakespeare's name, and an artist who claims to be competent to use a computer can run a spelling check."
You've misunderestimated this woman Fred. This whole grammar hysteria is very much like the nonsense I have been hearing from lefties the past four years who keep whining about President Bush's tortured syntax and texasisms while failing to credit him for his substance. I encourage the paragons of grammatical correctness here to vote kerry as he is the candidate of perfectly grammatical sentences with empty hollow ideas.
"George Bush obviously has problems with speaking in a grammatically correct way."
Fortunate I was exposed to the Texican language in my early adult years. First I worked in the oil patch, and later engineering & construction (oil patch related).
My mother had proper New England roots. She assured me most southerners were dumb and worthless; witness how they talked.
My Dad, however, hailed from Wyoming, compelling me to be openminded, lest I judge my grandmother too harshly.
So when I heard petroleum engineers and geologists talkin texican, I paid attention.
Contrary to my Mother's ideas, these guys had masters degrees in their professional fields, and were a lot of fun to work with and get to know.
So I can understand every word Bush says, and mostly I agree with him, too.
Texican is real American talk.
Misunderstand her? If she is a legitimate artist, it is her job to communicate. That is what art is, communication. She has the responsibility to make you understand her. The jarring disharmony of misspelled words act as a barrier to that communication.
Unless that communication is to be about her ignorance and sloth, and arrogance in refusing to do her job as an artist and remove the communication flaws in her work.
Again, an exercise in sophistry. The analogy is ridiculous, because there is no comparison between answering a question off the top of your head, and detailing a work you've had many months or years to prepare. Furthermore, the identities of the figures in this mural are important to the work, so the spelling of their names is part of the art itself.
Finally, your analogy fails because it offers a false alternative. If I thought the President's professionalism was as shoddy as this woman's, I would indeed withhold my vote, but that doesn't mean I would need to vote for Kerry.
"This is really not too much to ask of anyone providing goods or services for profit."
40,000 bucks is fair market value for this piece. She delivered the piece under a contract wherein the work cannot be altered without the artist's permission. She thinks it's O.K. and I agree with her. The deal is done. Join the grammar police here and vote kerry, the grammitically correct empty suit. Give me Texasisms, primitive mispelled art and solid clear thinking anyday.