HOBOKEN AND BEYOND -- A painting entitled “Bea Arthur Naked,” which depicts artist John Currin’s vision of how the “Golden Girls” star might appear without clothing, sold for $1.9 million to an anonymous buyer through Christie’s Auction House in New York City recently, according to a report in a local daily paper.
Currin painted the painting in Hoboken in 1991, and told New York Magazine in 2007 that he came up with the idea when he was walking home from Hoboken Terminal.
According to the report, Currin has a history of creating controversial art, and Village Voice critic Kim Levin once asked readers to boycott a show of his due to what she alleged was misogynistic material. However, “Bea Arthur Naked” has come to be appreciated as an important contribution to the art world.
Arthur did not pose for the painting. – Dean DeChiaro