David Pagel is an art critic who writes for the Los Angeles Times. He is a professor of art theory and criticism at Claremont Graduate University and an adjunct curator at the Parrish Art Museum. An avid cyclist, Pagel is a six-time winner of the California Triple Crown.
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Rather than putting myself in the picture, I instead imagined that Majolis paintings were all about her fantasies. I also thought that she had no business painting gay men having sex with one another. Treating her as a voyeurand an opportunistI blinded myself to the complexity of what her works were up to.