Friday, May 17, 2013

Naked Bea Arthur




John Currin's controversial painting of Bea Arthur (Maude and The Golden Girls) recently sold for an astounding $1.9 million. The 1991 work continues to provoke the ire of feminists and critics. Perhaps, its depiction of a post-menopausal woman rubs people the wrong way. In any case, I like the painting. It certainly fits the Maude character. Maude was a sort of 1970s Joan of Arc of feminism. BTW: the work was derived from a photo of Arthur with her clothes on. 
Bea Arthur Naked
John Currin
1991

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