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Re: Budd Hopkins

From: Carol Rainey <csrainey2.nul>
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 12:09:01 -0500
Archived: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:41:29 -0500
Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins


>From: Gildas Bourdais <bourdais.gildas.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:47:39 +0100
>Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

>>From: Carol Rainey <csrainey2.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 13:54:35 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

>>>From: Gildas Bourdais <bourdais.gildas.nul>
>>>To: <post.nul>
>>>Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2011 16:28:38 +0100
>>>Subject: Re: Budd Hopkins

<snip>

>>>I think that you miss an important point that Jerry Clark, to
>>>the contrary, has well seen. It is a question of decency.

>>>You are talking about a man who has done a great amount of
>>>ground breaking research on abductions. It was, and still is, a
>>>difficult and risky task, requiring a lot of intelligence and
>>>courage among other things, and where one may be mistaken.

>><snip>

>>>>My sole point, which I would have thought blindingly apparent to
>>>>any adult reader, is that an ex-spouse has his or her story, but
>>>>- as we have already seen - it isn't the only one to be told.

>>Yet again, we're back to the personal. I was talking about
>>research methods. I wasn't talking about one man. My entire
>>message is that the two primary alien abduction researchers are
>>using faulty, dangerous and deceptively distorted techniques.
>>That some of their subjects are getting hurt. _Two_ guys and
>>their silent cohorts.

>Carol,

>Your answer amazes me again. Of course you talked about Budd
>Hopkins and you did all you could to destroy his crediblity. You
>even made a pejorative remark about his artistic career!


Mr. Bourdais,

I don't know you and you don't know me.

But I do hope your UFO work is supported by something
substantially better than the deductive powers you reveal in
drawing sweeping conclusions from a single, factual sentence.
It's like being certain that one light in the sky is The
MotherShip.

Your assumptions about my motives were blatantly emotional,
personalized and, forgive me, thoroughly ignorant.

In my Paratopia article, I stated one specific fact you took
exception to and have raised _twice_ now - that the pinnacle of
Budd Hopkins' art career occurred many years earlier.

Statement of fact. Check out when his one-man shows were held.
Check out if any major museums who bought an early work have
ever actually displayed his work. Check out Christies. Check out
art auction indexes. Check out MoMA's current comprehensive,
retrospective of American Abstract Expressionists. If you know
anything about any of this I'd be quite startled.

On the walls of my apartment, by my choice, are many, many of
Budd's works of art, two of them life-sized and in the living
room. They are bold, powerful and evocative. I have total
respect for Budd's art and always have.

Again, I referred to the _facts_ of his place in the established
art world of New York City. That single statement does not refer
to the quality of work nor the fact that he has certainly
continued to work as an artist for most of his life. All things
I continue to admire about Budd Hopkins.

Since you are unaware of the structure of the art world, I'll
just briefly say that the career trajectory of any aspiring
artist (who, in this case, began his career in the 1950s) is
primarily determined by the power brokers in art capitals like
NYC, London, Paris, etc. They are the major galleries, major
dealers, collectors and museum curators - as well as the whim of
the public and its ever-shifting tastes in art. Combined, they
determine the level of fame, number of one-man shows, and
auction value of an artist's work.

I stand by my statement of fact. If you want details, look them
up.

I hope you enjoy getting to know the art world.


Carol Rainey


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