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At LA Pride, Muse Durk Dehner Talks Tom of Finland’s Popular Resurgence

by Neil Vazquez
Meandering through West Hollywood’s crowded streets—filled with trendy boutiques, coffee shops, and upscale salons—it’s difficult to come across vestiges of the city’s queer roots. Long gentrified by high rents is a rich history ensconced in leather bars, tea rooms, sex shops, and the like. It’s a history that while obscured, is still vibrantly alive in the memory of Tom of Finland Foundation Co-founder, Durk Dehner. Since 1984, Dehner served as the official head of the organization meant to... [more]
Posted by Neil Vazquez on 6/7/16

Intimate Strangers: In Conversation with Matthew Morrocco

by Ana Finel Honigman
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. Presenting his subjects’ faded, slack... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 7/7/14

As Art and Magic: An Interview with Elijah Burgher

by Ana Finel Honigman
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 been part of my home since college. When we were seniors taking an... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 3/2/14

The Benefits of Pencil Hard-Ons

by Philippa Snow
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  homosexual man (pun intended, in this context), I can confidently say that I know my Bears from my Otters,... [more]
Posted by Philippa Snow on 7/31/13

A Transformation Incomplete

by Parker Tilghman
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... [more]
Posted by Parker Tilghman on 6/12/13

Absence in Abstraction

by Natalie Hegert
      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 , a “vile video” that could be interpreted as nothing more than an attack on Christianity, all because of a section of... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 12/4/10