Liked Art Show, Didn't Like Review

RECEIVED Tue., Sept. 5, 2006

Dear Editor,
    Re: "Tag - You're It!" [Arts, Sept. 1]: I was at the show Saturday. The turnout was huge. Many people seemed to be enjoying themselves. All walks of life were there. This event really seemed to bring out a large part of Austin (500-600 people). It is a shame that the write-up seemed so single-minded and stereotypical. The only "tagging" I saw was on the wall provided for the crowd. I suggest that Amanda [Douberley] do a little research on the art form. "Dondi" is not a cartoon character; he was a famous graffiti writer from New York (RIP). It seems that she missed the whole point of the show. The purpose of the show was to educate the public on the difference between "tagging" and "piecing." I do not approve of kids vandalizing the city. It looks horrible. This was not a fine art show but a small sample of some of the talent coming from the streets.
Thank you for attending,
Nathan Nordstrom
   [Arts Editor Robert Faires responds: With all due respect, while Mark Prellop may well have been referring to Donald White, the graffiti artist (1961-1998), in his artwork in the "Austin Graffiti Art" exhibit, Dondi was indeed a cartoon character who appeared in a newspaper strip from 1955 to 1986, and he bears enough of a resemblance to the character depicted on the subway car to make this an honest mistake.]
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