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1967-7-21 Letter To Rockmore (2632Post. SF) From Shirley(BRLA) - about Larry, Noel & Shirley - includes Rockmore Response

July 21, 1967

Dear Noel,

            Had lunch with Larry, later joined by Bill Russel, in the courtyard of Larry’s latest tenant operation - a creole restaurant on Bourbon Street.  In the middle of the courtyard rests a large marble bath tub, a great bargain from somewhere, with what resembles a flower of evil floating in its murky water.

            Already you get the picture, so I’ll spare you a blow by blow description of lunch.  All I can say is you fellows will have to communicate (or non-communicate) through another medium.  In spite of the fact that I was really delighted to see really like this impossible guy and in spite of the fact that I consistently ignored his barbs - he finally provoked me into using the cutting edge of my tongue - with the result that we both suffered internal bleeding.

            Speaking of communication - next time I write it will be on something easy like “symbolism and imagery in literature and art (literature and art - don’t you hate the patronizing ring of those two words), a comparison of the work of Rockmore, Nuller and Nabokov”, rather than an impossibly difficult one like “Rockmore, Borenstein and Marvin - communicating the uncommunicable”

            Lest I seem to be communicating nothing but hostility - let me add I love the sketchbook and look forward to the one in August.  Bear with me friend.

            Also - Alan, Sandy, Billie and Deedee, and possibly Bill Russell will be at the Music Tent at Stanford U - July 24-29 .

            Will write more on your work, later.

                                                                                                (Shirley)

Dear Shirley

            Just received your letter - you ask what do I want from you - I don’t want to hear about Borenstein again please.  Stop purchasing from that PIG or stop informing me of same - I have no right to ask former but I do the latter -

            I want your help now - not money in that slob’s pocket - not ever in mine - I want a major purchase from you at Greer - maybe the octagon - that would really help my career in the most concrete way possible as well as really augment you collection - remember you and I talked a long time ago about a promise of yours to acquire a big “machine” work - now the “Astrologer” and “Sorcerer” are too large, but the octagon is a truly capital work and only 60" in diameter.

            The “Butterfly Hunter” 20x50" is less important but would also be a fair purchase - or either of the 2 - 40x50" patios or the 28x36" “Bill Russell with Bird” - your purchase of any of these 5 works would be a capital one for any collection and would automatically help this most important of my shows off to the good start it so obviously deserves - if you have limited funds you of course have the right to buy what you wish but why (I am only asking) an early work when I need help on the coming show of incomparably superior work? - I can only be depressed by your new acquisition for these reasons -

            There is no doubt that much of the show will sell - the work is consistently fantastic in quality for the 1st time - but emotionally I so much want you to acquire a major work from it.  I only hope things like “The Poet’s Dream” (I don’t remember it - is it the large oil with Russell Thomas and kite that Borenstien bought when I was starving for $17.00 (seventeen)?)  Fine as they may be don’t render this less possible for you.

            Believe me I need purchases at the show - I need to escape forever from the nightmare of the Borenstein usery and get my career to finally equal my work -

            You and a few other discerning collectors are the most essential link in that chain - you have helped often and you know I realize that but I just hope you have the money and the guts to take a real plunge and acquire something in the show that I feel is major no matter how difficult - it will look mild in 5 years compared to what I expect to be doing by then.

            I enclose shot of me with octagon just before we crated it for N.Y. - Greer wants me back to work on catalogue etc - so I will finally leave S.F. and the disgusting West Coast Sun. Aug 20th -

            I only miss N.O. as usual but as time passes not ever running into the Beast is worth what I have lost -

            I am planning a memorial family portrait for my collection only in a tryptich next fall and 2 new books as well as papers for the next show so all is O.K.

            Don’t get mad it’s not worth it and take care and beware of Poets and Dreams

                                                                                                (Rockmore)

  
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