New Castle News
July 25, 1986
Bette Midler has done a lot for her art: Sheâ€™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 donâ€™t really like to talk about this because I â€™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. â€œ All those paintings of Jesus on the cross, with Mary wiping His feet with her hair. Those were just too vile.”