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Raymond Voinquel


Projet pour le ‘Narcisse’ de Paul Valéry (1940). Photographs by Raymond Voinquel (1912–1994). Hommage au Bronzino (1940). • A gallery site | A Flickr set Via Fabulon. Previously on { feuilleton } • Norman McLaren • Reflections of Narcissus • Narcissus

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Norman McLaren


Pas de Deux (1968). News of a theatre piece celebrating the creativity of Norman McLaren, the pioneering Scots (and gay) animator and film-maker, had me searching YouTube again for his work. His short film Neighbours (1952) is very well-known, oft-cited and imitated for its pixillated character movement. No surprise to see it there, then, along […]

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Reflections of Narcissus


Untitled (Adrian Kissing) 2007. The icon of male vanity returns again in a surreptitious form via this photograph by Brandon Herman from a new exhibition, My Vacation with a Kidnapper, which opens today at the Envoy Gallery, NYC, until April 19, 2008. Herman’s photography brings to the surface (so to speak) the homoerotic subtext of […]

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Narcissus by Paul Dubois (1866). Via a Flickr page of sculpture photography.

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Yayoi Kusama


Infinity Mirrored Room—Love Forever (1994). “It is not controversial to describe Yayoi Kusama as Japan’s greatest living artist,” says Hannah Duguid in The Independent. I made a post about Kusama’s artworks in 2006 and now her work is in exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery, London. For this exhibition, revered Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama has […]

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The gay artists archive


Previous posts about gay or homoerotic art or artists. A personal and idiosyncratic selection, this isn’t meant to be definitive. • The art of Paul Thévenaz, 1891–1921 • The art of Peter Knoch • The art of Tatsuji Okawa, 1904–1994 • The art of Willem Arondeus, 1894–1943 • The art of Nicholas Tolmachev • The […]

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Deborah Kerr, 1921–2007


The Innocents. A great British actress died this week. She was also something of a movie star in the Fifties, rolling in the surf with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1953) and standing up to Yul Brynner in The King and I (1956). Prior to that she starred in two films for Michael […]

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James Bidgood


Bobby Looking Out Shuttered Window from Pink Narcissus, mid- to late 1960s. Blue Boy from Pink Narcissus (Bobby Kendall), mid- to late 1960s. James Bidgood’s deliriously rich photographs are currently on exhibition at Clampart in New York, and the show includes stills from his classic film Pink Narcissus. Bidgood discusses his work here. And for […]

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The art of Yayoi Kusama


Infinity Mirror Room—Love Forever (1966/1994). Mirror, light bulbs, stainless steel, wood. Narcissus Garden (1966/2002). Watermall, 2000 mirror balls. Fireflies on the Water (2002). 150 lights, mirrors and water. Infinity Mirror Room, Rain in Early Spring (2002). Since the late 1950s, Yayoi Kusama has used painting, performance, sculpture, and installation to develop a highly personal formal […]

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