John Waters recognized the power of both art and nudity at an early age. The young Waters was fascinated by the ability of art to explore and expand the limits of acceptable expression. In a 2014 discussion with artist Jeff Koons, Waters described his childhood “secret art life” that initially consisted of picking up postcards and prints featuring images of contemporary art from the Baltimore Museum. The fact that his family and friends considered contemporary and conceptual art crude and tasteless only solidified his interest in it. He even acted out a Marcel Duchamp painting when nobody was home. “As a kid, I used to pretend I was nude descending the staircase. I would come down the steps nude, and only I knew.” 🪐
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