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Friday, December 01, 2006

The Yawn of the New

I'm getting very bored with porn. Pornography--old and new--is now the be-all, end-all source material for top contemporary artists. In a recent New York Magazine profile, ultra-hot John Currin cites hardcore "old Danish porn" as a chief influence in his paintings now on view at the Gagosian Madison Ave. location. Yes, I know that American media is saturated with naked genitalia, but these works do not tell me anything new about our society or Currin's interpretation of it. I'd hate to give these artists (Lisa Yuskavage is another porn-mag copyist) the bad news, but these paintings don't shock me anymore; they merely make me yawn. (Image via New York Magazine, Erik T. Kaiser/Patrick Mcmullan)

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