The Garden Of Earthly Delights, 1503–1515.

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Hieronymus Bosch (1450–1516)

Most people just call it Heaven but actually the name of the painting is The Garden of Earthly Delights. In these three panels Bosch depicted…
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Wayne Thiebaud, One and a Half Cakes, 1981

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Wayne Thiebaud

Along with everyone else, I was always thrilled to see another painting of Wayne Thiebaud’s cars screeching up and down the insane hills of San…
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Warhol: The Man I Knew

Andy Warhol was not a weak, whiney, limp-wristed gay man. Quite the opposite, in fact: he had different personalities for different people. To his nieces…
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We Were Jammin’

In my second year at Cornell my family were happy because they thought they could finally stop worrying about me. I don’t know why they…
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Thomas Gainsborough’s The Blue Boy, (c.1770)

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Thomas Gainsborough (1727–1788)

We all know The Blue Boy (c. 1770) by Thomas Gainsborough, and for some of us there is a special attachment, while others only know…
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Diego Rivera, Murals/Palacio Nacional de Mexico, painted between 1929 and 1951, Mexico City.

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Diego Rivera (1886–1957)

Diego Rivera’s murals are a tale—no, a single impression—of the epic journey of a country. It is chopped up into events, into battles, and years…
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Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled, 1982

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Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-88)

Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 1982 Untitled painting of a skull looks like a prison that can barely contain all the rage, anger and fierce memories that drive…
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Norman Rockwell, At the Doctor’s, 1958.

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Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)

Yes sir, every Saturday, the Post magazine would come to our door and I would squeal silently with delight because on the cover was yet…
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Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), The Bedroom, 1889, The Art Institute of Chicago, Helen Birch Bart­lett Memo­rial Col­lec­tion.

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Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom

When I first saw a reproduction of The Bedroom I thought, Oh my God, this guy has so few clothes. Later I altered my assessment…
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Koon’s balloon dog at BCAM opening in Los Angeles, 2008.

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Beauty is Not Truth; Now I Know All That

We talk about this art and that art, and then we either start seeing influences or start making them up. A popular one is the…
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Plácido Domingo as Macbeth and Ekaterina Semenchuk as Lady Macbeth.

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Can't Stop the Evil

Macbeth is the story of a villain who people understand and have pity for—when the story is told correctly. Both Macbeth and his wife have…
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X at the Whisky a Go Go, August, 1980, photo by Lynda Burdick.

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In Search of X-tasy

Does anyone remember the Paragons and the Jesters? In high falsetto voices they whined about the ache of first love way before I ever felt…
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Anonymous, copy of a classical painting. Courtesy The Ebell of Los Angeles.

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The Ebell Collection

Have you ever been in someone’s home and seen a painting in the living room or hallway that you have never forgotten? It is not…
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Robert Mapplethorpe Lisa Lyon, 1982, Gelatin silver print, Promised Gift of The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation to the
J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

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Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–89)

Unlike Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s fascination with his models—whom he painted obsessively, much to the detriment of his painting—Robert Mapplethorpe’s photographs of Lisa Lyon show no…
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Ken Price, Orange, 1964, fired ceramic, courtesy Parrasch Heijnen Gallery.

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Ken Price (1935–2012)

Kenny Price’s objects are modest in size and endless in meaning, which is another way of saying they make you think and feel instead of…
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Mary Woronov as Calamity Jane in Death Race 2000, 1975.

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Death Race 2000

The most famous Hollywood movie I appeared in was Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000, which was bizarre because coming from New York, I didn’t know…
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