Now is not the time for Matthew to be haunting Madonna auctions, but I did my darnedest anyway at the Myers Fine Art auction of Martin Burgoyne's personal effects. Burgoyne, you will recall, was Madonna's gay BFF and one-time roommate who designed her early record sleeves, designed her first album cover (which was not used) using Edo Bertoglio photographs and who died in his twenties of AIDS. Madonna was generous with Martin, helping him out personally and financially. I've always been fascinated by him and would have loved to have owned something from what was repeatedly called a "treasure trove" in all the media surrounding this auction by his elderly parents.
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Drag fabulosa Linda Simpson is too young to remember when her alter ego, Les Simpson, took these wonderful photos that are a part of NYC, c. 1985, a show going up at ClampArt Gallery (521-531 W. 25th St., between 10th/11th Aves.), so she's probably just as amazed as we are by the early AIDS activism and '80s fashions he captured.
(The final three images in the above gallery are from the after-party of 1982's Night of 100 Stars, and include shots of Elizabeth Taylor, Linda Evans and Liza Minnelli.)
The show also features: Amy Arbus, Catherine McGann, Nan Goldin, Larry Clark, and other familiar names.
I'll be stopping by the show this Saturday to eyeball this work in the flesh. I expect it will be like stepping into a time machine. Thirty years really does fly by when you're having fun.
More of Les Simpson'80s shots here.
Phillip of West Hollywood Nights got (contrary to what he thinks) good shots of Darren Criss at Madonna's pop-up fashion retrospective at Macy's in L.A. this past week. Check out some of his shots of the duds in the above gallery, and visit his site (Work Unfriendly) for Madonna, men and more.
Here's his haiku-like report:
West Phillips knows how to shoot a model. (Work Unfriendly)
Teens' sexualities relatively unaffected by porn?
Does Zac Efron in a tight T-shirt affect adult sexuality?
Bette Midler's I'll Eat You Last is a "delectable soufflé."
Key Delaware senator will be voting for marriage equality.
ENDA introduced in Congress.
Steven Soderbergh raised on The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.
Join the Concrete Hero Urban Obstacle Challenge to fight AIDS.
How marriage was won in Rhode Island.
"Have Your (Cup)Cake & Read It, Too! -- The Great Gatsby edition.
Channing Tatum & Joseph Gordon-Levitt remaking Guys & Dolls?
Madonna was "impressive" recording "Like a Prayer."
More of Madonna's so-called "secret project."
Dan Savage's hunk husband speaks.
Wedding bells for Dawn French!
An al-Qaeda terror attack is thwarted in Canada.
Paraguay's new prez has troglodytic views on gays.
Amazing Keith Haring video.
SATELLITE DISH: Gossip from MTV's earliest days.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged for using WMD by feds.
White House sticking to Constitution.
Gun Owners of America honcho: Liberals "pleased" with bombing.
Bette Midler "adored" the "terrifying" Sue Mengers.
Angelyne has a not-so-nice trip.
Who would Jesus abort?
Only 3 known SF earthquake (1906!) survivors.
Barbra regrets not doing Cabaret, Klute and Julia.
Michael Michaud dishes on the late Sal Mineo.
Sofia Vergara's "great time" as a transsexual.
Meet the Imam into gays and marriage equality.
Janice Dickinson broke?
Brenda Dickson broke and homeless?
Roberto Bolle coming to NYC.
How to find sex...offline?
Folsom Street East is off.
Phyllis Diller's final TV gig: Dukes of Melrose.
Teamsters vs. Westboro: Guess who won?
Pop Tarts: Portraits of Women up for grabs.
CRAZY FOR IT: 'Mazing Madonna megamix.
Madonna's homeless brother injured during arrest.
Pop-up exhibit of Madonna's iconic wardrobe at Macy's in L.A.
An original, authenticated Keith Haring sketch book from 1980 is for sale on eBay for a mere $55,000. Opening bid.
With thanks to Michael: A fresh perspective on National Coming Out Day, which was today. If everyone came out at once, homophobia would become as uncommon as the mumps.
TONS OF VIDEOS RIGHT HERE.
It was 24 hours of Desperately Seeking Susan for me this week, meeting Madonna on Wednesday for the celebration of her and Lola's Material Girl line and then meeting a surprisingly large contingent of the cast and crew of that '80s classic the following night when the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted a 25th-anniversary screening.
Tickets to the event and after-party had been hard to come by, and it's no wonder—on top of some members of the press, the 268-seat theater must have had at least 25 people who'd worked on the movie, plus all their guests.
Left to right, top to bottom: Susan Seidelman's intro; Rosanna Arquette's bond with—and Mark Blum's raunchy screen-test with—Madonna; rushing the film out in case Madonna was a "flash-in-the-pan"; and funny casting stories...
Reminds me of her 1994 Wayne Maser Esquire shoot
So Madonna looks flawless (in the good way) on and in Interview (May 2010) thanks to inspired shots by Mert & Marcus that in turn seem inspired by Gary Heery's fantastic first-album cover shoot and Steven Meisel's 1991 Vanity Fair shoot (inset) and perhaps accidentally similar to Tom Munro's recent work with her. But despite parallels, the shots are not knock-offs, and a couple of them threaten to become instant classics.
How much do we love that she wore jewelry so reminiscent of her early '80s accessories? In fact, some of them actually are her early '80s accessories, I bet, since they're credited as the artist's own.
The interview, a long chat with Gus Van Sant, shows off Madonna's excellent taste in movies and seems to be a sort of reminder of who Madonna was and who she still is—if she weren't talking about the movie she's co-written and plans to direct (W.E., which she clarifies is not all about Wallis Simpson), it's the kind of interview she could have given 20 years ago.
Of particular interest to gay fans:
"But you know, what [Milk] triggered for me was all my early days in New York and the scene that I came up in-you know, with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. It was just so alive with art and politics and this wonderful spirit. So many of those people are dead now. I think that's one of the reasons I cried. In fact, the character that Richard E. Grant plays in the film I directed, Filth and Wisdom , is this blind professor who was based on my ballet teacher, Christopher Flynn. Growing up in Michigan, I didn't really know what a gay man was. He was the first man-the first human being-who made me feel good about myself and special. He was the first person who told me that I was beautiful or that I had something to offer the world, and he encouraged me to believe in my dreams, to go to New York. He was such an important person in my life. He died of AIDS, but he went blind toward the end of his life. He was such a lover of art, classical music, literature, opera. You know, I grew up in the Midwest, and it was really because of him that I was exposed to so many of those things. He brought me to my first gay club-it was this club in Detroit. I always felt like I was a freak when I was growing up and that there was something wrong with me because I couldn't fit in anywhere. But when he took me to that club, he brought me to a place where I finally felt at home. So that character in Filth and Wisdom was dedicated to him and inspired by him. I don't know why I'm bringing all this up, but I guess it's just coming from that world in Michigan and the trajectory of my life: after going to New York and being a dancer when the whole AIDS epidemic started and nobody knew what it was. And then suddenly, all these beautiful men around me, people who I loved so dearly, were dying-just one after the next. It was just such a crazy time. And watching the world freak out-the gay community was so ostracized. But it was also when I was beginning my career. . . . I don't know. Your movie really struck a chord for me and made me remember all that. It's a time I don't think many people have captured on film. It's a time that people don't talk about much. And even though there was so much death, for me, New York was so alive."
Seeing a thriving, last-century gay culture depicted on film seems to have jogged her memories of the period directly following.
This is the umpteenth time Madonna has spoken of the impact gay men have had on her life, but I feel like no matter how many times she says it, there are always those who think she's using gays for money. (Which she is, but she's using everyone for money so she's a capitalartist, not a gay-casher.)
Major missed opportunity—Van Sant speaks with her about Malawi, but doesn't bring up the persecuted couple so in danger there as we speak.
An "Erotica"-style video of the shoot by Fabien Baron ("why was he chosen?") is here. More images after the jump...
I admired Keith Haring's work the moment I saw it, relating to his desire to create art that could be accessed and uniquely, immediately understood by everyone. His radiant baby was so adorable—but so disturbing—the perfect emblem of the body of his work, which pulsed with the joy of life and the joy of sounding off on social injustice.
From the time I knew of him, I knew he was an out gay man, which was spectacularly exciting. Not so exciting was learning he had AIDS. Completely depressing was when he died less than a year after Robert Mapplethorpe, another gay PWA whose work had excited me (if not nearly as much). It seemed to go against the vibrations of his work that he would die so young, at the peak of his powers.
Now, 20 years after his passing, the Tony Shafrazi Gallery has just finished a retrospective that edited his work to a handful of rooms and that did an excellent job of reminding us Haring had more than radiant babies up his sleeve. His simplistic colors and lines really aren't; his subject matter is defiantly diverse. And overall, it's pleasantly surprising to see that as passé as his work seemed a few years ago, it all feels urgent and fresh and now.
If only Haring were around in 2010—it's so obvious he had so much more to say.
More images after the jump...