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Smithsonian Explores Impact of Gays on Art History

from The Associated Press via ABC News

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's 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. Here we have a coded glimpse into a six-year relationship that was rarely acknowledged — even in Rauschenberg's 2008 obituary. more

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