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John Currin in his studio, 2010
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PERVERSE BEAUTY
by David Coggins



What is there left to say about John Currin? He’s talented, savvy, and not averse to a bit of controversy. Yet he continues to surprise in a way that’s specifically his own. In Currin’s world art history and soft porn share a bed with varying degrees of comfort. With his relentless approach to the history of painting, his attraction to women and his conflation of high and low, even though we’re prepared, he continually keeps us off balance.

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