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Frank Majore

Holly Solomon

According to Frank Majore, “there are only three subjects worthy of making art about . . . sex, death and beauty.” as for art itself, “it should have some sort of spiritual value, and people should actually be moved by what they see.”

In Majore’s brand-new series, “Anima Rising: The Birth Of Venus (I-IV),” 1992, sex is represented by small, black and white pictures of soap bubbles floating in blackness above soap suds. Some say that Aphrodite “rose naked from the foam of the sea and, riding on a scallop shell, stepped ashore first on the island of Cythera,” and others that “she sprang from the foam which gathered about the genitals of Uranus, when Cronus threw them into the sea.” anyone who has known the visions she can send and the havoc she can raise understands how two such contradictory accounts of her birth might have arisen. Only an adolescent could think that pictures of soap suds

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