What are we to make of Liberace?

Was he a ‘performance artist’?

Photograph of Liberace in full regalia on stage.
‘Wait till they get a load of me’ could well have been Liberace’s secret mantra. (Public domain)

You don’t have to be a fan of high camp megastar Liberace to appreciate how illustrative he can be when it comes to the thorny question of the distinction between ‘art’ and ‘craft’. Were he still alive, and if he could be bothered with any of the issues raised here, I’m…

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