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Private P/Arts      March-April 2015
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    The Codpiece: Life and Times

    The French called the codpiece a braguette and we are told that that is one of the few words current in their language that derives directly from the Celts who ruled Europe before the Romans and Germans did. The Italians called it a sacco, the Germans a Hosenbeutel.

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    Filling the Void in Lesbian Art

    Christina Schlesinger is a wickedly interesting, unapologetic, and high-spirited visual artist whose erotic works were featured in a “pop-up” exhibition at the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York’s Soho district in late January.

  • Chandler Tatum and Steve Carell in Foxcatcher

    The Agony of Victory

    Foxcatcher is an unconventional buddy film in which John du Pont (Steve Carell) taps B-list wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) to move into a guesthouse on his Pennsylvania estate to benefit from the tycoon’s massive resources and to take the U.S. Olympic team to new heights.

  • Grant Wood’s Parson Weems’ Fable, 1939

    Grant Wood’s Glimmerglass Surprise

    What may be his second-most famous painting, Parson Weems’ Fable (1939), could be a straightforward portrayal of a favorite American legend, the one about a young George Washington confessing to his father that he felled the cherry tree, a legend that was later invented by one Parson Weems, who seems here to be witnessing the event from a weirdly close-up vantage point.

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