Hello Bert Stabler,

I just read your article on Chris Uphues’s MCA exhibit [“Cutting-Edge Without the Edge,” September 9] and wanted to thank you for your sensitive writing and candor. Of course, the conceptual scope of the 12 by 12 curation is pretty narrow. If one were to judge Chicago artists by what is presented there, that person could be forgiven for assuming that we are all smug, kitsch-obsessed, infantilized hacks. Sharp, ambitious criticism like yours might just invite good ideas and inhibit bad ones.

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