This photo shows Toronto Mayor Rob Ford with a man who, according to a source, is fatal gunshot victim Anthony Smith. The photo was given to the Toronto Star by the same person who later showed Star reporters a video in which Ford appears to be smoking crack cocaine.
A topless painting of Bea Arthur is expected to fetch between $1.8-$2.5 million when it hits the auction block at the Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale in New York City tonight.
John Currin’s 1991 portrait, called “Bea Arthur Naked,” depicts Arthur around the time she starred as a middle-aged politically liberal suburban woman in the 1970s sitcom Maude. Derived from a photograph of a fully clothed Arthur, Currin — known for what art critic Peter Schjeldahl once called his “acrid fantasy portraits of menopausal women” – says he used artistic license to create the portrait of the actress in the flesh.
“I had a vision in my head of Bea Arthur, and I found a picture of her. I was going to put a scarf ensemble on her like that from her Maude days, and I drew the body just to drape it. It was then that I realized that the painting was fantastic as it was,” reads a quote from the artist in the Christie’s lot notes. “I loved being repelled by those two black eyes and falling back into these wonderful, soft breasts, which draw you back in.”
I shit you not.
Discovered in the town of Cummington, Massachusetts way back in 1824, which gave this fibrous mineral its distinctive name, the mineral has also been found in Scotland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Sweden.
As a brittle and somewhat splintery type mineral with dark green, brown and grey undertones, Cummingtonite has translucent edges capable of transmitting light. Commonly occurring in metamorphosed magnesium-rich rocks, Cummingtonite can also be found in some volcanic rock collaborations, coexisting with other mineral groups and formations.
Although this particular mineral is difficult to distinguish by eye alone, Cummingtonite is perhaps a great example of how the world of science can have a funny sense of humour!