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Master Curation: How to Find Queer Hints in Art
An article in Advocate
Queer Hints In Art
A queer sensibility can be found in London's National Portrait Gallery.
You just need to know where - and how - to look.

London's Trafalgar Square is famous for its profusion of pigeons, Nelson's Column (don't get excited - it's a statue of an 18th-century British naval commander perched on a high plinth), and great British art. It's home to the National Gallery, which houses the nation's painting collection, and the National Portrait Gallery. Well, technically speaking, the portrait gallery isn't exactly on the square; its entrance is around the corner on St. Martin's Place.

There's something appropriate about this not-quite-prime placement. Portrait galleries are to art what pub quizzes are to information: They reward trivia over deep knowledge, identification over appreciation. In a portrait gallery, the goal is not to marvel at the artist's skill in evoking his or her subject but, rather, to recognize the sitter. Whenever I'm wandering around one, I'm mentally keeping tabs on how many of the famous faces hanging on the walls I know, the way I might tot up the number of questions I get right on an episode of Jeopardy!.

From an article by June Thomas
Why Harry Bush Was an Artist at War
An Article in Out
Why Harry Bush Was an Artist at War
He discarded numerous friends, argued with an endless parade of publishers,
and criticized the patrons who coveted his work.
But more than anyone else, Bush was at war with himself.

Harry Bush was a homosexual who drew male nudes throughout the 1970s and '80s for hardcore magazines but wanted nothing to do with gay people in particular. And although his work rarely deviates from the archetypal youths awakening to their primal urges at the very moment they reach physical perfection, the man drawing those images was a frail and aging hermit who kept an oxygen tank not far from his ever-present pack of cigarettes.

Bush has been described over the years as a talented bundle of contradictions barely covered by skin. Even as his work became more pointed and popular, Harry obsessed that if his fixation on the Boy Next Door ever got back to his relatives, they'd conspire to strip him of his government pension and lock him up in an old age home to die. Even so, and despite knowing that most of his colleagues worked under pseudonyms, Harry Bush signed everything he ever drew with his own name.

From an article by Kevin Phinney
Tomorrow's Man 3
 Is Now Available!

Tomorrow_s Man 3
Four different covers from which to choose. Also in a limited hardcover edition of 75
which includes an original, signed and numbered, photograph by Pierson.

The third volume of Pierson's ground-breaking Tomorrow's Man book series, in which the artist has assembled an art-fueled creative collaboration that harkens back to the 13 volumes of the independent literary and art periodical The Yellow Book published between 1894-1897.

This volumes amplifies the work of four artists. Richard Tinkler's delicate geometric abstractions are highlighted, working in concert with Pierson's recent series of figure studies; activist text works by Peter Fend that cry outfor environmental justice; and a short story by Veralyn Behenna entitled The Flavor of Your Wish in which an expatriate woman contemplates masculine beauty in a Grecian taverna. This is the first time Tomorrow's Man has included previously unpublished work by Pierson.
Tom of Finland
A Review in Artforum

Review by ARTFORUM
TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 - 1991),
Untitled, 1977, Graphite on paper, 17.50" x 21.25",
© 1977 Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland is all about inclusion; his cast of characters, from Kake to Tom's Men, are icons of gay representation. His work also reminds me quite a lot of American art from the early-to-mid-twentieth century, art that belongs to a vaguely delimited but unmistakable tradition that includes Paul Cadmus and Norman Rockwell and certain Charles Demuths, as well as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood-regionalism.

It's American Gothic like you never imagined it -- well, actually, I did.

From an article by David Rimanelli, Contributing Editor

Launch of Tom's Pleasure Tools
At Pleasure Chest, Los Angeles, CA, November 12, 2015

Tom_s Pleasure Tools
 TOM OF FINLAND (Touko Laaksonen, Finnish, 1920 - 1991),
Untitled (From Kake vol. 23 - "Kake in the Wild West"), 1982,
Graphite on paper, © 1982 Tom of Finland Foundation

Join Tom of Finland Foundation's Durk Dehner and S.R. Sharp for an interactive evening including a provocative and engaging discussion on the history of TOM's Foundation, which serves as a living archive that fosters the erotic arts around the world, and the intricate process of bringing Tom of Finland's work to life as functional art.

Attendees will have the opportunity to preview and purchase the full line of Tom of Finland Pleasure Tools and other Tom of Finland lifestyle items exclusively available at Pleasure Chest. Plus, take photos in the Tom of Finland spanking booth and win prizes.

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