Tuesday, August 10, 2010
In 1977 Hartford contracted to pay a noted sculptor, Carl Andre, $87,000 for an installation of 36 boulders on a small plot of land in downtown Hartford. The project was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Some narrow-minded citizens objected, and a controversy ensued. Eventually, Andre was paid and the rocks -- er, the art objects -- are still there. (I have become used to them.)
More people heard of Carl Andre a decade later when he was acquitted of charges that he murdered his wife by pushing her from the window of their 34th floor Greenwich Village apartment.