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Dinos and Jake Chapman

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Way back in 1967, the Kinsey Institute at the University of Indiana held a seminar on erotic art, to which I contributed a paper on Picasso. Behind its very closed doors, barred to all but a few scholars who, presumably, were so soberly academic that nothing at all could shock or titillate them, I was thrilled to have a chance to explore what then seemed my daringly candid, if quasi-scientific, descriptions of the master’s scrambled anatomies: “the mouth is aligned vertically to produce a vulva shape,” “a yawn permits the female sitter’s mouth to open in sphincteral forms,” “the heads often appear to be composed of pendulous, phallic shapes that become synonymous with hair and nose,” “the very torsos and heads can become ithyphallic.” How times have changed! Walking into London’s ICA last June to see “Chapmanworld” (the title’s Gothic typeface and suffix recalling the realm of Disney), it

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