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NY TIMES NOT READY FOR FEMALE SEXUALITY?|
Is it wrong for women to paint sumptuous female flesh and erect penises? Art critic Deborah Solomon doesn't think so, and has written "Art Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," an expose in the Jan. 30 Sunday New York Times Magazine on the hypersexed work of "bad girl" artists Cecily Brown, Lisa Yuskavage, Sam Taylor-Wood and Sue Williams. But the newspaper itself -- and Sunday magazine editor Adam Moss -- saw fit to censor the accompanying illustrations with big black bars across the "naughty" parts.
"It's a shame that something so beautiful and natural should be covered up in the New York Times," Brown told Artnet News in reference to her work, Boy Trouble (Red), which apparently shows a nude man having no trouble whatsoever. "I don't think there's any obscenity in what in the end is a tender painting of a man in the only state that enables the human race to continue," she said. "And I wish it had said 'bad women' instead of 'bad girls.'" More observant readers will notice that the black bar on Brown's work is placed a bit too high, and fails to obscure the guy's family jewels.
-- compiled by Giovanni Garcia-Fenech