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Fragment of a reference's letter

by Carter Ratcliff

I am writing on the behalf of Hector Giuffré in my capacity as an art critic. Since 1969 I have published my art criticism in major art journals, among them Artnews, Art in America, Artforum, and Art International. My essays have been published in the catalogs of major museums in the United States and abroad, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim Museum, New York; and the Beaubourg Art Center, Paris.
I have given lectures on art at many institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Carpenter Art Center, Harvard University; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

First, I should say that I have an extremely high opinion of Hector Giuffré's painting. In my judgment, he is doing very important work. Further, this judgment is seconded by international opinion. In exhibitions throughout South America, in the United States, and in Europe, he has received much favorable attention from serious critics. He is an artist with a impressive international reputation.

This reputation is richly deserved, for Giuffré is not only a painter of extraordinary skills. His skills are at the service of a powerful personal vision. Particularly in the domain of portraiture, he has achieved extremely significant results. Working in a decisively individual style, he has made a large and distinctive contribution to contemporary painting.

Carter Ratcliff
Contributing editor
Art in America
December 31, 1991