"Bea Arthur Naked" painting expected to seel at auction for well over a million dollars
I am not making this up.
If you are a fan of John Currin, The Golden Girls or unlikely nude portraits, you may want to whip out your pocket book and have a go bidding for... this.
Yes, that is a nude portrait of the late actress Bea Arthur, if you could not tell by the title "Bea Arthur Naked." Currin's 1991 work sparked quite the controversy in its day, as many were torn between Currin's technical talent and his "acrid fantasy portraits of menopausal women," as Peter Schjeldahl wrote in the New Yorker.
Fast forward 22 years and Bea in the buff is more valuable than ever. The topless portrayal is expected to sell for between $1.8-2.5 million at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in New York this Wednesday.
All we can say is, we hope whoever buys Bea hangs her next to one of these.
I do like John Currins work because it's always been deliciously weird.
Guess who just got their new desktop background. Me!!
I will buy this and display this over my mantelpiece!
It should hang right next to The Kramer.
Is it a DeKimmel?
[quote]you may want to whip out your pocket book
That would be the ONLY thing I'd be whipping out.
God will get you for that OP.
I was just thiking about dear old Bea the other day, and I don't get why she is so popular with gay men.
Can anyone figure it out?
From old to young, Golden Girls is HUGELY popular with the gays, and I don't understand why. And the Dorothy character is also HUGELY popular. Why why why??
It's a funny show, but not THAT funny. Bea was kind of bitchy, but lots of female characters on tv are bitchy, but they don't get the adoring gay fans that Bea gets.
[quote]From old to young, Golden Girls is HUGELY popular with the gays, and I don't understand why.
Hugely popular with the young???
Let's get real.
[quote] at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art sale
World War I?
How delicious! Better than Kandinski. And luscious nipples big as dinner plates!
Did Bea ever comment on this painting?
A gay man is going to buy this, yet it's lesbians who get made fun of.
She didn't pose for that, right? The artist just made it up, yes? Did she even look like that at all in real life? Unless it was done from a photo or she posed for him, I'd say it ain't worth bupkis. Otherwise anyone could paint any celeb's face on a made up body, put it on a Grey Poupon colored background and sell it for a million dollars.
For once I agree with John Ashcroft about draping a work of art.
That Canadian is hot!
Can someone top that Canadian pic with one of Nixon?
This portrait is useless without her penis.
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Yep, just made up.
"[The] Bea Arthur painting is from Maude, which I used to watch as a kid. In the eighties, I didn’t have TV for, like, a whole decade. When I started watching again in the nineties, The Golden Girls was in syndication. When I had a loft with Sean and Kevin Landers, we’d always take a break in the afternoon and watch The Golden Girls. When I made the painting, I was living in Hoboken and still making abstract paintings, and I was very frustrated. I was walking back from the PATH train and this vision of Bea Arthur just came to me."
The Shroud of Currin
Maude's hubby (Bill Macy) was completely nude in the OBC of "Oh! Calcutta!"
I always thought Bill Macy had TV's Worst Hair Ever.
Bea only ever posed naked for famed Hungarian sculptor, Laszlo
Ah là là... That I said, always loved Golden Girls (mainly as a kid) and loved Bea Arthur. Disappointed she didn't pose for the painting, can't see the value if she didn't.
Yes. But does the painting answer the age-old question: cut or uncut?
R12 Golden Girls is still a big show. There's a reason why it's being rerun on at least five different cable networks currently. It gets ratings.
Adrienne Barbeau noted in her autobiography that Macy dropped his pants at some event - for shock value. CBS wanted Lear to fire him, but Lear stood up for Macy.
Couldn't he just paint a picture of little Yimminy, the boy who was raised by a wild moose?
[quote]The topless portrayal is expected to sell for between $1.8-2.5 million at Christie's Post-War and Contemporary Art sale in New York this Wednesday.
Good God. By this standard, the toilet-paper-roll wedding dress must be worth $10 million.
Went for $1.9 million, on the low end of the pre-auction estimate - is this a humiliation for Bea's big boobies??
[quote]Otherwise anyone could paint any celeb's face on a made up body, put it on a Grey Poupon colored background and sell it for a million dollars.
Okay, that thing sold for $1.9 million?
I have art skills. What celebs should I paint fake nudes of to make $$$? Suggestions, please.
Currin's 'art' is creepy and morbid, there is no joy in any of this stuff, no irony either. His art is disturbing and not distrubing in a way which makes you think or makes you curious about his subjects, it's annoying most of all.
I always wonder if he bases a lot of his art on his creepy bug eyed wife.
There's no rhyme or reason why this type of art reaches such astronomical prices. I guess it's all down to hype, the ass kissing art critics pushing this stuff and how much money extremely wealthy idiots want to waste on this garbage.
[quote] I was walking back from the PATH train and this vision of Bea Arthur just came to me."
I would check myself into a mental institution if this happened to me.
Very nice tits!
Pat and Kathy, Image Consultants
She had nice boobs.
Pat and Kathy, do you still not believe in labels?
It's an artist's rendering of Bea getting ready to make these phone calls:
Obviously a fake, as anyone knows who saw Bea in pearls and noticed how they drew attention to her non-existent bosom!
I agree with R40. I think Currin's work dumb and puerile, and am shocked he's reaching these prices. He and the bug-eyed wife (who is an even shittier artist) are total social climbers and apparently Republicans too. Blech.
That said, I'm almost ashamed to admit that I find Currin somewhat attractive. I've seen him in person, and he's very tall and has kind of a hot daddy thing going on. I wonder if he's at all heteroflexible. He's friends with quite a few gay men in the fashion world, like Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford. And anyone who would paint a picture of Bea Arthur topless...
Did Jimmy Kimmel really buy it?
I thought it was "Jasper" deKimmel? Does he go by "Jimmy" now?
LOL at R51! Good one!
R12, if YouTube is any indication, lots of teens/twentysomethings post on the GOLDEN GIRLS videos. Some of them lament at not being born when the show ended (in 1992) or that they only recently discovered the show after Estelle, Bea, and Rue died.
Either way, GOLDEN GIRLS continues to be a big hit with viewers. I discovered the show as an 18-year-old high school graduate in 1998 when I stumbled upon it on Lifetime and even then I was thought of as an anomaly. But with the widespread of the internet and popularity of IMDb and online forums, younger fans of the show are finding other fans to talk with, even if they're clear across the nation or in another country.
This is a much better painting. Jimmy Kimmell could have probably purchased this at a small fraction of the cost he paid for the Currin piece.
A young woman from Iran who volunteers where I work loves the GG's and says that watching the show helped her learn English faster. Every GG death has devastated her. I'm hoping that BW holds out for a long time.
I LOVE the idea of an Iranian learning English from this show, r55! Do you ever notice any GG-esque phrasing or speech patterns when you talk to her?
I haven't noticed any, R56. She is speaking English quite well, is very smart, and is trying to get into medical school, but nothing GG-esque.
She did give me a huge laugh once when she told me a story about being mad at her sister and then purposely being late to pick her up from the airport as punishment.
Turns out to be one of the best ways to get back at your Middle Eastern relative/friend... Leave them hanging at an airport.