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The Buff Dude Wing: Marsden Hartley's 'Flaming American' at the BMA

The Buff Dude Wing: Marsden Hartley's 'Flaming American' at the BMA

What art, literally or figuratively, gives you a boner? How about the muscular mini-fridge-sized Gods found in William Blake’s closed circuit paintings and engravings? Or the heaving, mostly hairless dad-bod of Prometheus as depicted by Rubens? One friend of mine describes being deeply aroused by the curves of a certain era of furniture they were studying in grad school; another talked of how the mix of colors to create a certain hue of red did it for them. There’s an Alex Katz painting that looks strikingly similar someone I dated briefly—they look alike, in the superficial ways that their features recall one another, but how they feel to look at as well. Their kindness...

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