Mark Lamster | Essays

Bowery on the Beach?

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Has Leigh Bowery, said to have died more than a decade ago, been hiding out on the Coney Island boardwalk sporting a mullet all along? Peter Arkle took the photo at left on Sunday. Lucien Freud's classic portrait of Bowery on the right. You make the call. But wIth all due respect, when it comes to fleshy naked derrieres, I'll stick with the master:


That's Rubens's Three Graces. Anyway, it was a perfect day for some cold borscht, a glass of compote and a stroll by the beach. Come to think of it, that might have been Elvis on the Wonder Wheel.

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