September 18, 2009

Pogonology: The Study of Beards

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"Google will tell you the study of beards is called pogonology. So will Malcolm Payne. He's the professor who holds the Michaelis chair of fine art at the University of Cape Town, and who for the past 18 months has been working on a pogonology exhibition - paintings of beards, 27 so far.

"Beard mythology is quite a rich field," says the professor, who once had a beard himself but found it itchy. "My images hover between merkin and beard. Some say they remind them of female pubic hair formations."

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Posted by Derek Markham at September 18, 2009 11:52 AM
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