441 posts categorized "ART"

Sep 09 2019
Blake Griffin Torches Caitlyn + Sarah Palin's Husband Can't Stand Her, Either + Buttigieg On HIV: He's Got A Plan For That + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Happy birthday to the sexier Duke.

BELOW: Blake Griffin trashes Caitlyn Jenner, Sarah Palin D-I-V-O-R-C-E, Buttigieg's HIV plans and more ...

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Sep 03 2019
Madonna By Bill Cunningham + Pence Can't Be Gay — The Hell You Say? + Trans Attack + Racist Wedding Venue Employee Gets Read, Reads Bible + Ex-Ex-Gay + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Something came between him and his Calvins.

BELOW: Keep reading for retro Madonna perfection, why Papa Pence simply couldn't be gay and another ex-ex-gay ...

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Aug 26 2019
Trump Suggested Nuking Hurricanes + Johnson & Johnson On The Hook For Opioid Destruction + Melania's Moist + Bolsonaro In Denial + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 5.17.13 PMShiny & new (Image by Jason Ebeyer)

ABOVE: Check out Jason's eye-popping animations here.

BELOW: Keep reading for Trump's nuclear threat, another GOP rep bails, Melania gets moist for Canadian bacon and more ...

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Aug 06 2019
Happy Andy Warhol Day! Comments (0)

Andy Warhol seemed ancient to me when I was first obsessing over him in my high school days; hard to believe he was only in his fifties, with that white mop of (fake) hair. He could feasibly have been alive to this day, and turning 91, had his health not betrayed him. It was long thought he died under suspicious circumstances, but if you haven't read it, check out this semi-recent New York Times piece on why Warhol's death shouldn't have been surprising at all.

Aug 05 2019
Coke's Pro-Gay-Ads + Lil Nas X On Being A New Gay Role Model + The Art Of Gayface + NEW YORK POST: Ban Assault Weapons + MORE! — 12-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Good for Gus, but, like, I never really pictured him as a guy who wore cologne.

BELOW: Keep reading for Coke's pro-gay ads, Lil Nas X on his incredible success, the art of gayface and more ...

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Jul 30 2019
THE DRAG EXPLOSION Returns For An Aftershock Comments (0)

Unnamed-3Bunny, Misstress Formika, Sweetie, Anna Conda & Tabboo! at the Pyramid Club, 1992 (Image via TheDragExplosion.com)

Linda Simpson, who has been in drag longer than she's been out of it, is hosting The Drag Explosion, an exciting encore of her narrated slidedshow on the history of NYC drag.

She took all the photos herself — and thank Cher someone in those situations did. It wasn't cellphone times, ladies, so Linda's snaps are a true record of some interesting drag history.

It goes back to the '80s, when Lady Bunny was in her eighties!

WHAT: The Drag Explosion presented by Linda Simpson
WHEN: Tuesday, August 13, 2019
WHERE: The Wild Project, 195 East 3rd St., New York
ADMISSION: $10. Pay at door or buy in advance at TheWildProject.com
Jul 23 2019
Swish List — Notes On CAMP: NOTES ON FASHION Comments (0)

IMG_2489Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 6.00.49 PMI wore a nice polo shirt to gaze upon this. (All images by Matthew Rettenmund)

If you pay any attention at all to the annual Met Gala, you know that the show it celebrated this year is entitled Camp: Notes on Fashion (May 9-September 8, 2019).

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 5.38.31 PMSparkle, Neely, sparkle!

The exhibition takes Susan Sontag's seminal 1964 essay “Notes on Camp” as its foundation, drawing on over 250 objects from the 17th century through the present in an ambitious effort to visually define camp — that thing you can't define, but know when you see it.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 5.45.41 PMWith friends like these, who needs genitals?

It's a perilous undertaking! I remember seeing my beloved Debbie Harry and John Waters on a talk show more than 20 years ago attempting to illustrate camp, and the best Debbie could come up with was her shoes. It ... left a mark on me.

IMG_0087She's got great cans.

Screen Shot 2019-07-22 at 5.31.18 PMCamp Warhol

Thankfully, as famous quotes about camp read by Rupert Everett are pumped in overhead — some insightful (“Camp is a holiday for consenting adults”, some not “Camp is ... Josephine Baker”) — Camp: Notes on Fashion, draped in Pride-rainbow colors, unfolds like a smile, touching on camp's frivolity, as well as its subversion. And it's all within the air-conditioned safety of the Met, no Vera Vice around to poop the party.

IMG_0088The example on top is modern. The bottom (of course) is Judy Garland's from the '30s.

There are still shoes, by the way, but we're talking about incredible, rainbow-under-her-feet wedgie sandals worn by Judy, so they get a pass.

IMG_0070Who is she? Who was she? Who does she hope to be?

IMG_2556How's it hangin'? See for yourself.

I've always leaned toward the charm-school of thought that the truest camp is unintentional, and I'm surprised the concept even works today, when non-binary people freely roam the streets in dresses to express joy, not to induce laughter, but the show takes for granted that intentional camp, as so much of the fashion it flaunts is, more than counts.

IMG_0080The Paul Cadmus is smooth sailing, but why such a restrained Tom of Finland for a show about camp?

Regardless, I'd love to turn the curators loose on a larger, less fashion-bound show, to see how they'd do defining camp without the sartorial cheat sheets that are Lagerfeld, Versace, Gaultier, Bob Mackie, Richie Rich and a slew of others whose threads were conceived as outrageous.


IMG_2560Versace + “Vogue” + a reflection of Malcolm McLaren's “Deep in Vogue”

Taking that into account, the show is breathtakingly all-encompassing, giving off the heat of a thousand Project Runways.

Don't miss this, Mary. It's good, in spite of the fact that it isn't awful.

You know what they say — keep reading for more is more ...

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Jul 15 2019
Willie Aames Turns 59 Comments (0)

Eight-is-enough-by-harry-bush-1335369906_b(Image by Harry Bush)

Celebrating former heartthrob Willie Aames inching toward 60 with this vintage Harry Bush image. Most of Bush's work was lost or deliberately destroyed (by him), or exists only in an archive. I am pleased to own one of his sketches — but wish it was this!

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