BetteBack: Bette Midler On “Art”

Lawrence Journal World
TV Chatter
By Alan W. Petmcelli
July 27-August 2, 1986

Bette Midler has done a lot for her art: She’s shocked, scintillated and stupefied audiences with her titanic – and sometimes tacky – talents. But off stage, Midler the artist turns into Midler the art lover.

“I don’t really like to talk about this because I’m not educated,” she says, “but I like real trashy paintings – the stuff that everyone else sneers at. I like the old-timers – the Impressionists, Modernists and post-Modernists; people like Frida Kahlo, Vaaily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. And I loved the pre-Raphaelites until I saw an exhibition at the (London art gallery) Tate.

Then it got silly,” adds the 41-year-old entertainer. “All those paintings of Jesus on the cross, with Mary wiping His feet with her hair. Those were just too vile.”

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