575 posts categorized "ART"

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

Don BachardyDon at his book-signing

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.

Don-Bachardy-Matthew-RettenmundMatt & Don

Don-BachardyBachardy signing for his fans

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

Parker-Stevenson-Don-BachardyParker Stevenson (L) & Ryan O'Neal (R) by Bachardy

The illustration had been by Bachardy.

DonchrisIsherwood and Bachardy by Dillard, 1985

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.

 
Oct 10 2014
New York Seen: Andy Warhol's Trash Comments (0)

Warhol

 
Oct 04 2014
PDArt Comments (0)

Grindr

I'm all for out-there artistic expression and am very well aware of what people think is private versus what should legally be kept private, but yeah, I think this guy who is broadcasting Grindr DMs and tricking guys into coming over to visit him in a glass box so the world can see what transpires clearly crosses the line.

Not that I sympathize with the guy who got violent over it. No need for that. Let your lawsuit be your fisticuffs.

 
RIP: Saturday Morning Cartoons Comments (0)

Bugs_Bunny_crying

Today was the first Saturday in forever that no network ran Saturday morning cartoons. Saturday animation is dunzo following The CW's exit from the category. This is all kinds of sad.

Just a few unforgettable cartoons I saw on a Saturday morning after the jump (what are some of yours?)...

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I Yam Because We Are—A Review Of KAREN FINLEY: WRITTEN IN SAND Comments (0)

Karen-FinleyFinley is a dazzling stage presence who's still got a lot to say—and that voice with which to say it.

BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

The last time I saw Karen Finley on stage was around 1990 in Chicago, at the height of her notoriety as one of the NEA Four—artists whose grants were voided when right-wingers decided to make an issue of their work's sexual and political content. I recall her being smeared in chocolate pudding, among other things. It was a heady time for edgy performers—I saw Finley, Annie Sprinkle (my first cervix sighting!) and Lypsinka the same year—but there must be something in the air, because I just saw two of those three again in 2014.

KarenFinley-sand-300x175Finley is performing Karen Finley: Written in Sand at Baruch Performing Arts Center every Thursday through October 23. The show is a 90-minute, stripped down collection of her AIDS-related work, consisting of Finley and a musical accompanist. I have to say that while it begins with a characteristically out-there series of vignettes (and ends with an amazing tribute to the black sheep of the world), the show quickly becomes irresistibly, uncomfortably, movingly intimate; she's able to summon up vivid visions of the many friends she's lost to AIDS with sometimes sad, sometimes sly in-jokes and the verbal shorthand that exists between all friends.

Just hearing her unique speech in person was exciting to me—this is, after all, the woman who commanded us all to drop our ghetto blasters:

Karen at 1:39, 2:27, etc.

I found her works challenging and raw, even as Finley herself—she would emerge from in character every so often to wink at us and reassure us, or to charmingly play off any rough transitions—came across as endearingly open and flat-out funny.

Bonus of seeing Karen Finley in 2014 instead of 1990? Jesse Helms is dead.

Keep reading for some classic Finley works...

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Oct 01 2014
Need To Know: Folsom Face-Sucking + Bake Off, Lady + Jockeying For Position + For Dismembers Only + Abs-Olutely Fabulous + MORE! Comments (0)

FolsomKiss-off!

*widget boy cultureABOVE: mr Pam hits Folsom Street Fair...and it hits back!

*widget boy cultureNothing makes me smile harder than a homophobe in tears. Kirsten-Dunst

*widget boy cultureReviewing sexual positions on Yelp!

*widget boy cultureKirsten Dunst short is best thing she's done in years.

*widget boy cultureKelly Rowland to play Donna Summer?

*widget boy cultureMore press for my new book—please pledge if you can.

*widget boy cultureObamas should move to a doorman building...

*widget boy cultureUNSAFE SEX: Gay porn actor murder trial under way.

*widget boy cultureMinneapolis gay couple shot by religious nutjob.

*widget boy cultureTyler Perry and his “girlfriend” (snort!) are expecting a son.

*widget boy cultureBruce Jenner is transitioning. Just accept it.

*widget boy culture2nd Obamacare enrollment period begins November 15!

Nick-the-Gardener-Billy-Reilich-Ellen-shirtlessDid I mention I'm an amateur proctologist?

*widget boy culture“Nick the Gardener”'s abs get their own spin-off show.

*widget boy cultureEbola hits the U.S. via Dallas.

*widget boy cultureInterview with out artist/illustrator Drew Green.

*widget boy cultureJessa Duggar links Darwin to the Holocaust to abortion because God.

*widget boy cultureKoch Brothers trying to buy Latinos' votes.

*widget boy cultureGetting intimate with Britney Spears.

*widget boy culturePolice chief's daughter screamed slurs and hit bashing victim in the face.

*widget boy cultureI LOLed at the fainting scene in Episode 3 of Raymond & Lane, after the jump...

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Sep 30 2014
Mantiques: Gary Cooper Comments (0)

Gary-Cooper-Michaele-Vollbracht

Love this stylish print of Gary Cooper (May 7, 1901—May 13, 1961) by fashion designer Michaele Vollbracht (b. 1947), which was offered in Interview Magazine ads in the '80s. 

 
Need To Know: Old Quaintance + Wiiging Out + I See London... + Aretha vs. Adele + Not Gay For Pay + MORE! Comments (0)

George-QuaintanceBathing buddies

*widget boy cultureThe art of the late, great George Quaintance.

*widget boy cultureKristen Wiig and Bill Hader use and abuse a hapless reporter.

*widget boy cultureLoving the nearly transparent undies on this musclestud.

*widget boy cultureBilly Reilich (aka “Nick the Gardener”) auditions for Magic Mike 2.

*widget boy cultureVia Joe.My.God.: Aretha is “Rolling in the Deep”.

*widget boy cultureSCOTUS totally okay with making it harder to vote.

*widget boy cultureI'm at 104% funded...but I'm still seeking your support!

*widget boy cultureAll's well that ends Rockwell.

Michael-HoffmanHe respects gays enough to sell whack-off videos to them for a lot of money.

*widget boy cultureC*m-eating, show-off bodybuilder sold his JO vids for $10K, isn't gay.

*widget boy cultureUK Prime Minister David Cameron is sweet on gay kissin'.

*widget boy cultureHow To Get Away With Murder soars.

*widget boy cultureSNL? Snores.

*widget boy cultureFor those who think Madonna is hands-off in the studio.

*widget boy cultureAmanda Bynes snags a DUI.

*widget boy cultureGeorge Zimmerman's awful gay bro almost nailed a female cable-news gabber.

*widget boy cultureFamous Bodies is a new site with...guess what?

Austin-MahoneIs Austin your one and Mahone-ly?