'Flaming American (Swim Champ)' is but one of Hartley's many beef cakes, along with, to name a few, 'Canuck Yankee Lumberjack at Old Orchard Beach, Maine,' 'The Lifeguard,' 'Finnish Yankee Sauna,' 'On The Beach,' and 'Madawaska—Acadian Light-Heavy' (more on that one in a moment). And then there is Hartley's rather surreal 'Christ Held By Half-Naked Men,' which emits Kenneth Anger vibes. I appreciate the BMA's tasteful, honest description of Hartley's painting. "On the eve of World War II, Marsden Hartley created a series of powerful male figure paintings based on Maine fishermen, backwoodsmen, and athletes," the description reads. "His model for Flaming American was a swimmer from Yale University whom Hartley met when staying with the young man's aunt and uncle during the summer of 1939." Within reason, the BMA is pretty much saying, "Yo this dude was straight-up banging this guy." I like this kind of institutional awareness.