This Is What Adam Lindemann Has Chosen to Present at Art Basel Miami

by Whitney Kimball on November 27, 2012 · 6 comments Newswire

Betty Thompkins, Fuck Painting #4, 1972 (84″ x 60″) (Photo courtesy of

Adam Lindemann revives ailing art careers with his tears. Adam Lindemann once brought Marcel Duchamp back from the dead, just to beat him at chess. With his polo mallet. Adam Lindemann…well, you get the idea. Lately, the jet setting art writer has been pounding life into the staid blue chip art scene, from stripping his Madison Avenue space down to cement and drywall to planning an exhibit of Betty Tompkins’ porn paintings at Art Basel Miami.

Betty Tompkins started making fuck paintings in the late 60s, from her first husband’s porn collection, partly in response to what she saw as a complete lack of engagement in the work on the Upper East Side. (We also know her as a frequent commenter on Jerry Saltz’s facebook page). Since, she’s been making work which few galleries have been bold enough to display. She’s painted masturbation, vaginas with cows grazing, and dicks larger than the human head. She’s painted two cocks at the same time. She’s painted dicks in the butt. She’s painted a vagina like a soft, glowing peach. She’s done it all. Lindemann will present her works on paper from 1969-2010. The show is called “FUCK.”


John Tomlinson November 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Oh please, Art God, give us a break!

disqus_AIGnDH4HKg November 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

The “squeaky” artists gets the attention first. Childish

Terry Ward December 4, 2012 at 12:46 am

this particular artist has been doing this very thing since the 60s-70s so:
A) she is NO child,
B) she was showing considerable balls ([ahem] well not as in painting them, as she did above, but showing COURAGE you see) by not-flowing with the market forces of the time and doing geometric abstract op-art pattern stuff but instead being a realist when the world hated all realists not-named wyeth, close, or freud.

Petereh February 18, 2014 at 5:50 pm

That’s like saying “I have no fingers except the ten on my hand”. In your estimation this is bravery- it is not in mine.

ascott November 29, 2012 at 4:15 pm

The Charlie Sheen of the art world… ugh.

Terry Ward December 4, 2012 at 12:48 am

for anyone who has already decided FU*K THE ART FAIRS

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