Happy Bloomsday

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A page from Ulysses with amendments by James Joyce.

That time of year again and for your delectation Ubuweb has tapes of the soundtrack from Joseph Strick’s semi-successful 1967 film of Ulysses featuring the voices of Milo O’Shea, Barbara Jefford and others. The film is frequently a series of illustrated voiceovers so this isn’t as purposeless as it might seem. Somewhere I have a vinyl recording of Milo O’Shea and Barbara Jefford reading from the Nausicaa and Penelope chapters and somewhere else a reading of passages from Finnegans Wake. For the latter Ubuweb also has Sylvia Beach’s recording of Joyce himself reading from Anna Livia Plurabelle.

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Jerry by Paul Cadmus
Passages from James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake
Books for Bloomsday

Jerry by Paul Cadmus

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Jerry (1931).

A few weeks too early for Bloomsday, this painting by Paul Cadmus was in the news this week after being acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art. The subject is Jerry French, one of the artist’s regular models and also his lover during this period. I hadn’t seen this picture before and wonder whether this is the first painted representation of Joyce’s Ulysses, a book which at the time was still banned in the USA. The ban was overturned in 1933 following some enlightened deliberation by Judge John M Woolsey.

Jerry takes its place as part of the Toledo Museum’s permanent collection next month. Via Towleroad.

Paul Cadmus gallery at Ten Dreams

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The art of Paul Cadmus, 1904–1999

Czanara: The Art & Photographs of Raymond Carrance

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Untitled photo print.

A fantastic exhibition of photographs, drawings and engravings by Raymond Carrance, aka Czanara, opens today at Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art, New York, running until June 21, 2008. For those of us who can’t get to see it there’s a selection of the works on show at their site which immediately increases the web visibility of this artist by several orders of magnitude.

Carrance was a photographer and book illustrator who, working mostly in the 1950’s and 60’s, created a private body of homoerotic dreamscape’s under the pseudonym ‘Czanara’. The exhibit shines new light on Carrance’s art, which is certainly courageous and innovative, especially for its time.

One of the last great unknown erotic artists of the 20th century, his work is somewhat reminiscent of the magic realism style of the painters Paul Cadmus and Jared French, yet done in a photographic medium. Using overlays of abstract graphics over dreamy images of languid young men at play, his work is a meditative pondering of the artist’s psyche. The work is reverential, distinctly European, yet never exploitative.

Carrance, who lived from 1921–1998, was also responsible for illustrating with elaborate etchings and lithographs the works of Jules Renard and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as an edition of Henry de Montherlant’s 1951 gay classic La Ville dont Le Prince est un Enfant (The Land Whose King is a Child). There will be examples of this riveting work, as well as his compelling drawings, on view as well. Having died with no heirs, his work was sold at auction by the French state, but luckily fell into the hands of a bookseller who we have to thank for it finally seeing the light of day.

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Untitled engraving (c. 1950s).

Among the items worthy of note is the above engraving which is another version of the hermaphrodite angel picture I posted in March last year. The other engravings are equally fascinating, looking at times like gay equivalents of Hans Bellmer.

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May 4, 1953.

There’s also the drawing above which raises a curious artistic conundrum by being very reminiscent of the work of comic artist Burne Hogarth. A couple of weeks after posting the Czanara angel picture I pointed out the similarity between the film poster for Premonition and one of Hogarth’s panels from Jungle Tales of Tarzan, both of which use the trick of making faces out of tree branches. (I also noted that Dalí was doing similar things before almost everyone else.) Czanara’s 1953 drawing not only contains very Hogarthesque figures but does the same thing with the branches to make a skull face. The curious thing here is that Czanara’s picture predates Hogarth’s Tarzan book by more than twenty years. It’s very unlikely that Hogarth would have seen Czanara’s work; given that Hogarth was made world famous by his Tarzan strips of the 1940s it’s more likely that Czanara knew Hogarth’s work although none of his Sunday strips contained these kind of pictorial tricks and I’ve not seen any example of Hogarth doing this in the 1950s. I also haven’t yet seen the recent book about Czanara so can’t say what light has been shed on his artistic influences. If anyone can solve this mystery (which may simply be coincidence, of course), please leave a note in the comments.

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The etching and engraving archive

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The skull beneath the skin
A premonition of Premonition
Czanara’s Hermaphrodite Angel
The art of Paul Cadmus, 1904–1999

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Previous posts about gay or homoerotic art or artists. A personal and idiosyncratic selection, this isn’t meant to be definitive.

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Notre Dame des Fleurs: Variations on a Genet Classic

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The art of Shinji Horimura

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Tom’s World

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Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey

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The art of Antoon van Welie, 1866–1956

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The art of Paul Thévenaz, 1891–1921

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The art of Peter Knoch

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The art of Tatsuji Okawa, 1904–1994

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The art of Willem Arondeus, 1894–1943

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The art of Nicholas Tolmachev

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The art of David Haines

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A Q&A with artist Mel Odom

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Homosurrealism

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In Homage to Priapus

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Querelle de Brest

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Fast Friends

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The art of Jean Boullet, 1921–1970

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Tom of Finland redesigned

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May Wilson’s Snowflakes

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Tom of Finland postage stamps

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The art of Robert W. Richards

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The art of Sidney Hunt, 1896–1940

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Ignacio Goitia interviewed

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Andrey Avinoff revisited

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Fetish photographer Rick Castro

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Keep Your Timber Limber

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The art of Naomichi Okutsu

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The art of Konstantin Somov, 1869–1939

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The art of Seiji Inagaki

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Claudio Bravo’s packages

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Gekko Hayashi revisited

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The art of George Stavrinos, 1948–1990

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The art of Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, 1884–1965

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The art of Gregorio Prieto, 1897–1992

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The art of Guido Reni, 1575–1642

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The art of Michael Leonard

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The art of Ismael Álvarez

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Muto Manifesto, volume 7

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Cum In Your Eye by Scott La Force

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Be prepared

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The art of Xiyadie

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Jacques d’Adelswärd-Fersen revisited

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Gay octopus sex

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The art of Hyeyeol

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Richard Bruce Nugent’s Salomé

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The art of Elmgreen and Dragset

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Elie Grekoff’s Tirésias

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The art of Rob Clarke

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Japanese gay art

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The art of Mel Odom

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The Classical alibi in physique photography

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Ed Wood’s Sleaze Paperbacks

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Looking for the Wild Boys

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Seminal art and design

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The art of Ludwig von Hofmann, 1861–1945

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Muto: The Exterface Manifesto

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Carl Corley

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Phallic casts

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Lonesome Cowboys

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Jean Genet… ‘The Courtesy of Objects’

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Loving Boys by Christian Schad

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Saint Genet

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Le Baiser de Narcisse

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Philippe Jullian, connoisseur of the exotic

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The art of Marcus Behmer, 1879–1958

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Richard de Chazal’s Zodiac

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Wildeana #3

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Der Eigene: Kultur und Homosexualität

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The art of Ignacio Goitia

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Gekko Hayashi: homoerotics and monsters

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The Lady Is Dead and The Irrepressibles

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The fetish art of Taylor Buck

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The art of Ben Kimura

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The art of Dmitry Dmitriev

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Sanctuarium Artis Elisarion

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The recurrent pose #32

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Le livre blanc by Jean Cocteau

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Michelangelo’s Dream

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Sherbet and Sodomy

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The art of Yannis Tsarouchis, 1910–1989

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Ecce homo

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Joseph Cavalieri’s stained glass

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Eros: From Hesiod’s Theogony to Late Antiquity

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The end of Orpheus

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The art of Robert Sherer

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The art of Goh Mishima, 1924–1989

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The art of Benoit Prévot

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The art of Robert R Bliss, 1925–1981

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The art of Oliver Frey

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The Great God Pan

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Jerry by Paul Cadmus

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The art of Ralf Paschke

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The recurrent pose #26

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The art of Anthony Goicolea

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The art of Philip Shadbolt

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The art of Patrick Gerbier

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The art of Paul Richmond

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The art of Hideki Koh

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The art of Cody Furguson

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Colin Corbett’s decorated jockstraps

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Fizeek Art

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Let’s get physical: Bruce of Los Angeles and Tom of Finland

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Secret Lives of the Samurai

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The art of Cuauhtémoc Rodríguez

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Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray

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IKO stained glass

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The art of Nebojsa Zdravkovic

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The art of Jason Driskill

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William Rimmer’s Evening Swan Song

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The art of Norbert Bisky

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The art of Joan Sasgar

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Happy birthday Henry

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Phallic worship

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Saint Sebastian in NYC

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Mark Beard’s artistic circle

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Czanara: The Art & Photographs of Raymond Carrance

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The art of Scott Treleaven

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Reflections of Narcissus

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Narcissus

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Guido Reni’s Saint Sebastian

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The art of Sascha Schneider, 1870–1927

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Anthony Gayton’s Fall

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Hadrian and Greek love

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The art of Sadao Hasegawa, 1945–1999

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Cain’s son: the incarnations of Grendel

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The art of Hernan Gimenez

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AVAF at Mao Mag

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The art of Matthew Stradling

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Men with snakes

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Felix D’Eon

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Obverse Paintings by Fred Chuang

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Les Farfadais

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The art of Takato Yamamoto

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The art of NoBeast

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The art of Andrey Avinoff, 1884–1949

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The art of Jacques Sultana

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Toxicboy

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The South Bank Show: Francis Bacon

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The art of Lucio Bubacco

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The Male Gaze

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The art of ejaculation

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Philip Core and George Quaintance

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The Budweiser Ganymede

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Czanara’s Hermaphrodite Angel

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The art of Giulio Aristide Sartorio, 1860–1932

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The art of Robert Flynt

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February boy

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The art of Peter Colstee

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Images of Nijinsky

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Michael Petry’s flag

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Angels 6: Paradise stands in the shadow of swords

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Angels 3: A diversion

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Angels 1: The Angel of History and sensual metaphysics

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The art of Hubert Stowitts, 1892–1953

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The art of Bill Travis

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Jean-Frédéric Bazille’s swimmers

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The art of Paul Cadmus, 1904–1999

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The Cult of Antinous

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Army Day

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Super-objects!

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View: The Modern Magazine

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Michelangelo revisited

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The art of Thomas Eakins, 1844–1916

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The male nude in art

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Gay book covers

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Marcello Dudovich

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Evolution of an icon

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