American artist John Currin’s relationship with gender has always been complicated. “Yeah, I mean, I made misogynist paintings at a time when I was having misogynist feelings,” he said in a recent interview. Despite accusations of misogyny, those paintings now sell for millions of dollars. But could it be that today’s era of heightened sensitivity poses too much of a risk for Currin? This fall, “My Life as a Man” marks the first-ever exploration of Currin’s male iconography, complete with the Renaissance echoes and satirical tones he is known for, and avoiding female subjects entirely. —J.V.
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