574 posts categorized "ART"

Oct 29 2014
Stalking In L.A.: Another Hollywood Show Starf*ck Comments (0)
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Above, check out more than 20 then-and-now split-screen images of stars!

Christopher-Riordan-1Last weekend was my third of four celeb-soaked encounters in the space of a month—first I hit up the Courts Celebrities Fan Fest, then New York Comic Con, then another edition of the Hollywood Show in L.A. (KEEP READING) and finally this past weekend's Chiller Theatre.

More on Chiller very soon.

First up, the L.A. Hollywood Show was quieter this time, leading some attendees to wonder if this type of non-genre autograph show might be dying off quicker than Old Hollywood. But it wasn't nearly as dead as the Courts version, so there was still a good flow of starfuckers to keep most of the celebs busy—at least on Saturday. (Sunday was a graveyard—never go if you can only go on a Sunday, when a chunk of the celebs will have decided to suddenly get a bad cold and not show.)

Above, in the gallery, check out juicy then-and-now photos. After the jump, my impressions of each star I met...

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Oct 26 2014
The Man Who Encouraged Me To Be Me Comments (0)

Sheli-Walling-MartinImage by Sheli Walling Martin (1988)

I found out from a fellow classmate that my high school art teacher, Mr. Wolfgang, has passed away. Mr. Wolfgang was a person who encouraged my creativity in an aggressive way, praising me for my technical abilities when I would draw realistic (-ish) images of popstars like Tina Turner and Sade, but who then also told me (and us) to be daring, to try new things. I took that to heart and embraced a totally new style, which consisted of intricate abstractions and surreal, often overtly sexual or genderfuck drawings, which gave me a sense of freedom.

I was never the same after his class, and was honored to be chosen as one of his top students my senior year.

He also used to let each of us, on a rotating basis, choose an album to play during class. When I chose Debbie Harry's Rockbird, he noted that as a singer she made a great model.

Look, he had great taste but he wasn't perfect!

I'll miss knowing he's around. Great guy and artist, and wonderful teacher.

 
Oct 23 2014
I Hate To Love You Comments (0)
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Another video in support of the fascinating-sounding documentary Free for All (donate here!) has been released, this one detailing the case of John Perkyns, a homophobe who took to slashing and defacing gay-themed books at a San Francisco library.

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As you'll see in the video, the books were then provided to artists internationally, who turned them into pretty amazing art pieces—check the gallery for a few spectacular examples. What an inspiring way to turn things around...

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Oct 22 2014
Need To Know: Polymorphous Diversity + Michael Sam Isn't Uncut + The Left & Right Places To Live + Renée Zellweger Fails Facial ID + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureCheck out the Diversity Rules Indiegogo, unless you're anti-gay.

*widget boy cultureMichael Sam gets cut. :(

*widget boy cultureBest cities for liberals and conservatives.

*widget boy cultureS Club 7 reunion? Jon is now, of course, a sexy, tattooed, muscled clone.

*widget boy cultureLegendary WaPo editor Ben Bradlee dies @ 93.

*widget boy cultureRenée Zellweger went to the doctor and had her Renée Zellweger removed.

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*widget boy cultureThe gay subtext of Grant Gustin's The Flash.

*widget boy cultureWhitney's “Queen of the Night” gets a major makeover, too.

*widget boy cultureNick Youngquest is always reliably HOT.

*widget boy cultureGuillermo Diaz's Madonna tat.

*widget boy cultureChela's “Handful of Gold” compared to early Madonna.

*widget boy cultureJeremy Kost's new Polaroid book looks like a must-own.

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Oct 13 2014
Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy: A Review Of Jessica Mitrani's TRAVELING LADY Comments (0)
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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

It's not every day that I'm invited to the U.S. stage debut of a Pedro Almodovar superstar, so how could I refuse when offered the chance to see Traveling Lady, a multi-media presentation by Colombian visual artist/director Jessica Mitrani and Spanish film icon Rossy de Palma? Answer: I couldn't, and I didn't.

IMG_9348De Palma & Mitrani, post-partum

After initially bobbling the invite for me plus-one (sorry, Nathaniel!), I showed up fresh from a full day at New York Comic Con and a quick visit with Don Bachardy to find a long line outside FIAF Florence Gould Hall (55. E. 59th). A passer-by seemed nonplused when I told her we were waiting for a show. “A theatrical performance???” she sputtered. It was as if she knew what was in store for us; we didn't, however, so I went in thinking we were seeing a play while my companion Jason though it would be a movie. We were both kinda right.

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Rossy-de-PalmaWith “Kika” herself!

A part of FIAF's Crossing the Line 2014 series, Traveling Lady turned out to be a singular experience. I wish I had seen it both nights it played to get a firmer grasp on it, but I did divine its staunchly feminist roots, using as a jumping-off point the 19th-Century travels of journalist Nellie Bly. The show made use of a booming female voice-over, outstandingly dazzling projections, a somewhat goofy, talking, 8-foot dress with no body in it (voiced with an insinuating authority by Joan Juliet Buck), original music and all-too-brief appearances by de Palma in the flesh, lip-synching to her pre-recorded recitations.

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De Palma plays more than Bly; it quickly becomes obvious she is embodying various female archetypes. In so doing, she only had to appear briefly, allowing her unique visage to do all the talking. She merely had to stand there in order to give the show a twisted depth. Her presence is so arresting it was shocking later to meet her and see that she herself isn't 8 feet tall.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb0796ee37970d-550wiThe show lagged when it became too esoteric for its own good, but I felt was saved from being a parody of NYC performance art excess thanks to its tongue-in-cheek humor. While it's true enough that some of its odder visuals would have baffled the real Bly (who once feigned insanity in order to explore the depravity of early insane asylums), I felt the show's broad send-up of branding and marketing were spot-on and LOL hilarious. I was also very taken with the show's tangential embrace of passages from the writings of Gertrude Stein (Ida: A Novel), which gave perfect voice to some of Mitrani's visuals.

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All in all, Mitrani and de Palma's collaboration seemed a match made in heaven.

Afterward, we were invited to a champagne toast, at which de Palma was mobbed and a child was given a birthday cake. When I met her and congratulated her on the show, de Palma rasped in her wonderful way, “Wasn't it great???” and enthusiastically posed for photos.

 
Need To Know: Dog Days + Ebola Oops + Tennis Ace + Gaga Drama + Carter Country + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureLucky Puerto Rican stray dog rescued by Nick Bateman & other models.

*widget boy culturePresident Obama demands review in 2nd U.S. Ebola case.

*widget boy cultureMartina Navratilova honored in NYC.

*widget boy cultureHouse candidate Carl DeMaio blows off sexual harassment charges.

*widget boy cultureDAME NATION: Angelina Jolie receives honor from Queen Elizabeth.

*widget boy cultureLady Gaga subject of oddly vitriolic VH1 hit piece.

*widget boy cultureGaga brands Madonna as unhelpful, seems to agree she has no soul.

*widget boy cultureART-ON: Madonna kissing Britney.

*widget boy cultureIn a future where curiosity has been outlawed...

*widget boy cultureJimmy Carter, 90, hits the campaign trail.

*widget boy cultureIowa Senate race tightens.

*widget boy cultureProbably fake Corey Monteith bareback video leaks.

*widget boy culture“Suicidal” August, Osage County actress is missing.

*widget boy cultureThis kid:

Summerlin boy

...really knows how to steal scenes. Keep reading to see him in action...

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Oct 12 2014
Paying Guests: An Expensive Trip To New York Comic Con Comments (0)

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I hit New York Comic Con for the third year in a row, this time waiting until the day-of to snag an $80 day pass via Craigslist. The boy who sold it to me in Port Authority (the transaction had all the earmarks of a situation that should end with cops appearing and shouting “swarm! swarm! swarm!” into their walkie-talkies) was supernice, and sure enough, the thing worked fine—I tapped in with no problem.

I arrived a little before the first of four (why?) paid photo ops I'd signed up for. I'd spaced them out enough that I figured I'd have tons of time between them to shoot cute, straight/bicurious boys in revealing leotards (Comic Con being to guys as Halloween is to girl = the perfect opportunity to dress like sluts). I figured wrong! Though the lines are miraculously well managed, the photo ops kinda sucked the air out of the room. (I'll post sexy boys in leotards in another post next week!)

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First up was William Shatner, 83. By all accounts a bad person, he was actually supernice. His line  as enormous (ka-ching!), and we filed through the heavily shielded pro-photo tent so quickly it was the photographic equivalent of leaping from a moving van. After placing my $$$ camera in the able hands of a lesbian or lesbian-ready attendant—NO CAMERAS ALLOWED ANYWHERE NEAR THE STARS IN THIS AREA, FOLKS!—I stepped up to Shatner and told him quickly I was there for Twilight Zone, that he'd been in one of the best episodes ever. He thanked me graciously, a photo was snapped as soon as I looked up and then they were encouraging me to go-right-now. I'd wanted to ask him about being in SNL skits with the recently departed Jan Hooks, but NO EXTENDED CONVERSATIONS IN THE PHOTO AREA, FOLKS.

Shatner got my attention as I dazedly left, making sure to thank me for coming. I will just have to take all of his co-stars at their word when they say he is an ogre.

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Oct 11 2014
Drawn To Him: Meeting Don Bachardy @ His HOLLYWOOD Book-Signing Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE REVIEW OF HOLLYWOOD: **** out of ****

Last night, I was thrilled to have a chance to meet Don Bachardy, 80, who met the late, great English novelist Christopher Isherwood (August 26, 1904—January 4, 1986) as a teenager and Pagan-Love-Songsbecame his life partner. For 30 years, the men were together, and over time Bachardy established his own identity (no easy feat when you're perceived as the boy-toy of a genius) as a gifted portraitist.

I actually knew about Bachardy before delving into Isherwood; I bought Pagan Love Songs from Alyson or a similar publisher while in college, and was enchanted by the dreamy illustration of “Naked Poet” (and porn actor and writer and...) Gavin Geoffrey Dillard on the cover. I wrote him a fan note and we corresponded for a few years.

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Don-Bachardy-artI would've offered to draw some of the attendees naked, myself.

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The illustration had been by Bachardy.

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Hollywood-featuredNow, Bachardy's entire oeuvre of Hollywood portraits—Kate Hepburn? Of course! Parker Stevenson? Why not? David Hedison, Teri Garr, Natalie Schafer? The more the merrier!—has been collected in the posh tome Hollywood (Glitterati Incorporated, $75). It's a stunning document of his life's work.

Bachardy was deligthful in person, immediately asking me to come see him in Santa Monica. I'm there next week, maybe I should take him up on that! Years ago, an associate of him suggested he might like to draw me nude, but I never figured out if that was a come-on from a friend or a real offer. And I could also never figure out who on earth would want to see me nude.

I was also pleased to meet his associate Richard Sassin, a former actor and charming man who told me that he and Bachardy had recently watched In the Cool of the Day (1963), which is apparently a must-see, can't-believe-how-bad-it-is Jane Fonda film in which her hair was unnaturally dark. Bachardy drew her portrait (it was on display at the signing) for it. I told Sassin that as a movie, it sounds like it made a good portrait—he agreed.

Chris&doThe most famous portrait of Don (L) & Chris (R). See my take on the film Chris & Don here.

I'll keep you posted on that front, but until then, check out the lovely book here.