The business of Currin


As if there weren’t enough controversy in his brushstrokes and subject matter, now he’s up and switched galleries, causing New York cocktail party chatter to rock with seismic waves of .. indignation? fear and loathing? jealousy? Read Roberta Smith on John Currin’s decamping to Gagosian Gallery from his previous dealer Andrea Rosen. Also on this page, I recommend the Deborah Solomon audio slide tour based on Currin’s Whitney retrospective. The tour takes three minutes and 20 seconds. Solomon is sympathetic but misses nothing. I especially like when she deals with some of the more misogynistic images like the big-bosomed babe paintings and says “he acts as if he’s some kind of reactionary truck driver half the time.”


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