But, Doesn't She Want It?

"La Fille de l'artiste a deux ans et demi avec un bateau," Picasso's 1938 portrait of Maya, his daughter with Marie-Thérèse Walter, is expected to fetch up to £16 million at auction. [Telegraph] » 4/23/09 10:20am 4/23/09 10:20am

Vogue Model/Photographer/Muse Suspected Of Spying In Wartime

Lee Miller — Surrealist muse, WWII photojournalist, Vogue staffer, gourmet cook — is pretty much the archetypal model-slash. But it was Miller's rumored communism that led the MI5 to spy on her for 20 years. » 3/03/09 3:00pm 3/03/09 3:00pm

Well, Is There A Scientific Link Between "Genius" And "Shithead"?

We are all suckers for learning that something going on in our brains is linked to something else going on in our brains — the brain is sorta navelgazing that way — so when a new much-emailed New York Times story said a rare form of dementia had been credited as the source of late-onset waves of sudden creativity, we… » 4/09/08 1:00pm 4/09/08 1:00pm

Can You Separate A Sexist From His Work?

Earlier this week we wrote about Norman Mailer, who, along with a bunch of other male writers, was a misogynist both in work and in his private life. But how do you consider an artist whose 2-dimensional work is largely reverent towards females but was a total jerk to 3-dimensional women? I'm thinking about Picasso… » 11/15/07 6:30pm 11/15/07 6:30pm