John Currin  

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"Currin puts art history in play. Reviewing the Whitney show in the Times, Michael Kimmelman made apposite references to Mantegna, Pontormo, Hans Baldung, van Eyck, Dürer, Annibale Carracci, Houdon, Goya, Otto Dix, Christian Schad, Francis Picabia, Norman Rockwell, Balthus, Lucian Freud, Paul Cadmus, van Meegeren (the forger of Vermeers), Gerhard Richter, and Jeff Koons. And the eminent art historian Robert Rosenblum, writing for the show’s catalogue, found opportunity, without undue strain, to drop more than fifty names, including those of Piero di Cosimo, Botticelli, El Greco, Courbet, Renoir, Roy Lichtenstein, George Petty (the girlie illustrator), Frank Frazetta (the science-fiction illustrator), and Todd Haynes (the filmmaker)." --The New Yorker[1]

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John Currin (born 1962) is an American painter working in the figurative art tradition, known for such paintings as Rotterdam and The Bra Shop.

Currin was born in Boulder, Colorado.

His work shows a wide range of influences, including sources as diverse as Northern Renaissance, contemporary popular culture, fashion models and pornographic photos. Many of his paintings show female nudes; he often distorts or exaggerates the natural form of the human body. His paintings can be seen in many locations, including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution. He has exhibited at the Gagosian Gallery.

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