PRINT September 1986



THE STAND-UP FACE OF THE ’80s smokes a stogie. Sean Penn, Julian Schnabel, Mick Jagger, David Salle, Robert De Niro, Eric Fischl, Joan Rivers, Gary Stephan, and David Letterman are just some of the many artists and performers who have recently been meeting the press with a cigar stuck between their teeth. (Frank Stella met his cheroot some time ago.) While clinical explications for this behavior may seem obvious (and cigarettes are on the wane), the image is still at first surprising. Despite pictures of Picasso puffing topless, and with apologies to Una, Lady Troubridge, the cigar has never been associated with poetic appeal and effulgent sexuality, nor with any of the more ambiguous images to have romanced the public since the day Albert Camus first lit a cigarette during a photo session, since the night Jimmy Dean failed to meet his father’s standards, somewhere East of Eden. For the

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