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Pleasure Dispels Male Fantasies of Porn

Pleasure Dispels Male Fantasies of Porn

For Nicholas Roeg’s adaptation of Insignificance, British artist David Hockney was commissioned to create a new portrait of Marilyn Monroe. Using collage and inspired by Monroe’s Playboy cover, he made an image of Teresa Russell as Monroe, lying on a wrinkled pink sheet. She looks at us and away from us, her body contorting in different directions. Cubist and postmodern in construction, it captures not only the fracturing impact of fame on the body, but also the paradoxical need for a sex symbol to be wanted and unwanted — willing and unwilling. Moving from Monroe’s first Playboy cover to...

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