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|