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Intimate Strangers: In Conversation with Matthew Morrocco  
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7/7/14 Posted 7/7/14

Berlin, Jul. 2014: Matthew Morrocco’s “Berlin Series” depicts no-strings-attached encounters tied to the fabric of our most intimate human emotions. This tender photographic self-portrait series evokes the pleasure and pathos that can be embedded in online hook-ups. As a young New York artist studying in Berlin, Morrocco met older men and photographed them either alone or interacting with his nude body. He respectfully represents these men’s aged bodies and evident desires.... [more]

As Art and Magic: An Interview with Elijah Burgher  
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3/2/14 Posted 3/2/14

New York, Mar. 2014: Elijah Burgher and I were at Sarah Lawrence College together. I remember sitting outside the cafeteria when someone asked for the definition of the word “puckish.” With Katharine Hepburn cool, Melissa Bent, later the founder of Rivington Arms Gallery, instantly replied: “Elijah.” I use “puckish” often and I always envision Elijah’s playful sexual spirit crouching over the word. Even if he weren’t part of my vocabulary, he’s bee... [more]

Google Protests Sochi, Manages to Make It Gayer  
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2/7/14 Posted 2/7/14

Google's Doodle is really gay To coincide with the opening of the Sochi Games today, Google protested Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” laws through its Google Doodle, a rainbow banner with bobsledders, snowboarders, and figure skaters. In addition to the doodle, Google quotes the Olympic Charter's anti-discrimination clause. This, apparently, not only to imply that Russia is not acting in the spirit of the Olympics, but also so that we don’t confuse it as simply an artisti... [more]

The Benefits of Pencil Hard-Ons   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Tom of Finland at Stuart Shave/Modern Art July 5th, 2013 - August 10th, 2013
Posted 7/31/13

It's a rare situation, I'd guess, in which a reviewer is faced with the prospect of writing five hundred words of description and extrapolation about a series of pornographic sketches, but nevertheless, here we are. In the interests of full disclosure, I believe that I have been assigned this Tom of Finland show as a subject because of my “relevant experience”: while not as qualified as a bona fide homosexual man (pun intended, in this context), I can confidently say that I know my Bears from my Otters, for... [more]

A Transformation Incomplete   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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at Schwules Museum May 18th, 2013 - August 10th, 2014
Posted 6/12/13

The Schwules Museum is a critically important institution. It was the first museum in the world dedicated to the promotion and exhibition of LGBT-related art and artifacts. It holds an extensive archive of photographs, videos, films, sound recordings, autographs, art works, and ephemera dating back to 1896, much of which plays an invaluable role in the researching and documentation of queer history in Germany and abroad. Its necessity as a bastion of visibility in today’s increasingly heated politica... [more]

Secret Erotic Drawings of D.H. Erotic Primitive Folk Artist  
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4/5/13 Posted 4/5/13

Often the artistic quality of an artist means far less than the story. This is an example, though I find the paintings, of which there are hundreds and hundreds, charming and accomplished in a perverted enough way. Yes, they are severely cropped here. I'm showing mostly the heads (when I can isolate them among the morass of limbs, hands and other body parts, most rendered WAY out of proportion) including enormous, almost comical huge erect phalluses. Trust they are, well...creative. All are unsigned, but I have the artist's name. The best have a c... [more]

Call for artists: Youth Empowerment Program @ Center on Halsted  
Posted 5/18/12

Center on Halsted 3656 North Halsted AveChicago, IL www.centeronhalsted.org Deadline for submission: May 31, 2012 by 11:59PM HumanThread Gallery and Prodigies of Pride, the Youth Empowerment Program at the Center on Halsted, are looking for video, visual, or fine art submissions from Chicagoland gay, bisexual, & queer men of color ages 16- 29. “POP OUT!” is our central theme. We invite you to pop out of your mold, pop out of your scene, pop out of your comfort zone to empower your unique identi... [more]

Absence in Abstraction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
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Berenice Abbott, George Bellows, AA Bronson, Romaine Brooks, Thomas Eakins, Nan Goldin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Keith Haring, Marsden Hartley, Jasper Johns, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Agnes Martin, Catherine Opie, Georgia O’Keeffe, Robert Rauschenberg, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz at National Portrait Gallery (Smithsonian Institution) October 30th, 2010 - February 13th, 2011
Posted 12/4/10

Embroiled in controversy—it's what you’d expect from an exhibition about gay portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C.  In fact, it’s rather surprising that the controversy didn’t arise until a month after the show was open—just in time for World AIDS Day.  On November 30th, the Catholic League complained about David Wojnarowicz's 1987 video piece Fire in My Belly, a “vile video” that could be interpreted as nothing more than an attack on Christianity, all because o... [more]

Treasures of Gay Art from the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation's Permanent Collection  
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Fernando Carpaneda, Jean Cocteau, Tom of Finland, Wilhelm Von Gloeden, Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, and many others, Andy Warhol at Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art March 10th, 2009 - April 11th, 2009
Posted 3/7/09

By Alex Bacon With the Foundation's history of nearly twenty years in the service of LGBT art and artists, the coming of the new book Treasures of Gay Art from the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation's Permaent Collection has been long overdue. Eminent museum director, curator, art writer and publisher Peter Weiermair has undertaken the task of selecting some of the best works in the Foundation's collection for inclusion in this book which will chart, in stunning reproductions, the legacy of LGBT... [more]

QRXZ, What it Mean to Me.  
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2/16/08 Posted 2/16/08

So writ of we read, In the beginning there is nothing, of so was conceived. Spake, sparks, conceive the Universe, the man, the woman, the University to hold those human records, the church, government, family, the museum, a world of stuff. Interesting, though much gibberish is sounded, until you give the meanings, I mean those moms and dads who did conceived, probably expected the baby boy or the girl, but not never conceived of having created a creative deviant like the Artist, QRXZ. NOW! S... [more]


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