September 19, 1975 Letter to Shirley (BRLA) from Rockmore (33W67, NYC)
Have not heard from you in quite a while - are you OK?
A major new development is that after 5 mos of silence and worry a call came from Forum that the Director Bella Fishko would be at the studio Wed 2:30 - I was terrified because I heard that that Potamkin tried to dump the left over Israeli collection on her - she flipped over the 12 great new ones - this summer’s work and finally committed herself to a show in the spring! - settled - biggest step yet career-wise - so I finally made it for sure in N.Y. this time - my sister is flying from S. Francisco for the opening and so is Jaffe (but don’t talk at all to Borenstein please) -
I would like you there if you can make it plus I need to strengthen my hand with Forum in the 1st show so I propose an idea: if you can send $300 soon we close the 40 x 50 oil deal and you apply the 500 bal toward a great miniature opening nite - this would help my career more than you can imagine and I have asked 2 other collectors to guarantee sales and they agreed knowing the importance this time. I feel this proposal is fair since the 500 bal cannot be spent till spring of ‘76 giving you more time etc - and I could really use $300 in Sep badly
I hope you can see the sense of this little idea - this is one time I know I am right - this is the beginning of my real career -
Write soon and take care
P.S. Please do not bother Forum about date of show - my show is May 15 - June 4, 1976.
Of course, if you are in town please do go to Fourm and ask to see some of the later pieces -
Take care - at least I made it -
P.P.S. New Orleans French Quarter Homage was accepted in National Academy Annual.