We are outraged by the presentation of Zurab Tsereteli's life and works ["Controversial From Moscow to Hudson; Provocative Sculptor to Unveil 9/11 Work," news story, June 10].
Mr. Tsereteli is well known throughout the world. Not only is he president of the Russian Academy of Arts, the oldest state cultural entity in Russia, as the story stated, he also was the People's Artist of the USSR (1978) and the People's Artist of Russia (1994), as well as being a corresponding member of the French Academy of Fine Arts, a corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, a professor of fine arts at State University of New York at Brockport, an acting member of the Kyrgyz Academy of Arts in Kyrgyzstan and an acting member of the Georgian Academy of Sciences.
Mr. Tsereteli also is the UNESCO goodwill ambassador; the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of the Russian Federation; the only Russian winner of an international peace prize awarded by a U.S. cultural group; and a winner of the Picasso Prize.
The story quotes critics of Mr. Tsereteli's memorial "Tear of Grief," which is to be installed in Jersey City, but doesn't give equal space to the people who support this world-class memorial, who voted for it and who hope that at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 11 people will be able to come to pay tribute to those lost in the terrorist attacks of three years ago.
Mr. Tsereteli's monument, which is dedicated to the struggle of Americans, Russians and all people of the world against terrorism, should be embraced, not criticized.
Chief Learned Secretary
Presidium of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts
UNESCO International Artists Federation