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BetteBack July 25, 1986: Bette…The Art Lover

New Castle News
July 25, 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 o ff stage, Midler the artist turns into Midler the art lover.

” I don’t really like to talk about this because I ’m not very well 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, Vasily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.

And I loved the pre-Raphaelites until I saw an exhibition at the Tate Gallery. Then it got silly,” adds the 41-yearold 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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