John Currin, Bea Arthur Naked, 1991

Happy Portrait Monday! 

Today's Portrait Monday is brought to you by John Currin, the master of art-world kitsch and a particularly precise sort of surrealism which, in its glib exaggerations, serves to articulate life better than a faithful reproduction. His portrait of the late Golden Girl Bea Arthur represents her as "not a burlesque, but some kind of glorious, impossibly pulchritudinous representative of 1970s American-liberal values [...], [a] society matron who has made herself into a steely, opulent edifice."