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    Apropos of absolutely nothing, I want to talk briefly about this picture of Bea Arthur naked images.huffingtonpost.com/2013-05-14-Lot… by John Currin.

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    Bea Arthur never sat for that picture, posed for it, or—I believe—gave anyone permission to create her likeness.

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    When it was sold recently for $2 million, spokesman Koji Inoue said, "It’s radical to sexualize someone people think of as asexual."

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    John Currin is an interesting figure - you can read all about him in this profile in the Independent: independent.co.uk/arts-entertain…

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    John Currin has embraced his sexism, and said that "I don’t think [it being sexist] affects the goodness or badness of the painting".

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    John Currin talking about his sexism has said, "When you’re a young, attractive man, it’s easier to get away with that kind of stuff."

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    "Obviously, I have a pretty sexist effect … I guess I am that way. I don’t say it’s a good thing to be, but it’s not controllable."

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    Art Critic Kim Levin of the Village Voice wrote of Currin's "awful" work in 1992, "Boycott this show".

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    She said later: "Currin’s subsequent oeuvre reveals an artist whose work is something other than merely misogynistic, sexist, and ageist."

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    So there is debate on whether Currin's work is purely misogynist or whether it has qualities that redeem it.

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    Still, another quote: "Whether I like it or not, I’m probably very sexist. I try not to be completely lazy about it."

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    My point, I suppose, is that it would be quite reasonable for someone to complain that the prominent display of that picture was sexist.

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    It would be perfectly reasonable for someone to say that a picture of a woman topless painted without her consent was … troubling …

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