Imagine you're famous for being an insensitive, lazy, exploitive jerk. Some contemporary artists find themselves in that very position -- their works earn favor because of talent and insight, but critics yap about "offense" and "misogyny" and "crappy technique," forgetting that every great artist was once a rule-breaker, dissed in his or her own time.
Time will tell -- but we choose to appreciate David Salle now, at the free lecture "An Aptitude for Metamorphosis" at Phoenix Art Museum. The New York scenester and world-class iconoclast will interpret his own quarter-century of postmodern painting, which spurred controversy galore back in the day.
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