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Smithsonian Explores Impact of Gays on Art History

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Smithsonian Explores Impact of Gays on Art History

This undated handout photo provided by the National Portrait Galley shows the camouflage self-portrait of Andy Warhol, part of an exhibit entitled: “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” which opened Oct. 30 and runs through Feb. 1

WASHINGTON – When artist Jasper Johns was mourning the end of his relationship with Robert Rauschenberg, he took one of his famous flag paintings, made it black, and dangled a fork and spoon together from the top.

Hidden symbols in Johns’ “In Memory of My Feelings,” tell part of story, curators said.

Color from the relationship is gone.

A fork and spoon elsewhere in the painting are separated.

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