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THE NORMAL HEART

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Forty years ago Edward Albee told me that one of the most difficult problems for a writer who makes art about real life tragedies, is that because the event itself ought change consciousness, the writer must take care not to create metaphors that allow the viewer to distance himself from the horror of the real [...]

FACEBOOK ART CENSORSHIP

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Facebook recently took down this photograph of one of my life-sized figure drawings. They sent me an email claiming I’d violated “community standards” and instructed me to read their policy statement. The applicable paragraph reads: “Nudity and Pornography - Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where [...]

STEPHEN FRY CHANGED MY MIND

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The debate about what our response to Putin’s anti gay laws should be is escalating. Today, Stephen Fry added his eminently intelligent and ethical voice to the conversation. He makes a compelling case for an Olympic boycott and I urge you to read it here. He reminds us that the world went to the Berlin [...]

PINK TRIANGLE FOR PUTIN

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The Federation of Gay Games, for whom I am an Ambassador, recently asked me to make suggestions for a response to the insane crack down on the LGBT community in Russia. Many eloquent voices have arisen suggesting everything from a boycott of Russian Vodka (Dan Savage) to a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in [...]

SUMMER COLLABORATION WITH OAK

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  This summer I’m pleased to announce a collection of shirts in collaboration with OAK. The shirts feature single polaroid images from Fire Island Pines | Polaroids 1975-1983 and are available as a limited edition. Join us, OAK, and our friends from Gayletter, next Tuesday, June 25th in the Ballroom of The Jane Hotel, NYC to celebrate the launch [...]

THEN AND NOW

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I’m gratified to read the first wave of press on my book FIRE ISLAND PINES | Polaroids 1975-1983. In particular, the depiction of affection between men has been one of the first qualities picked up on by writers reviewing the work. When I shot the pictures for that book, the entwining of men’s limbs in [...]

EMPEROR ARTSPEAK HAS NO CLOTHES

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Avedon once said that all his pictures were self-portraits. In a sense, this is true for every artist. The artist shows what is in his mind. I’ve come to a few conclusions about the art world. I’m not interested in academic discussions designed to make it appear that an artist is grappling with profound thoughts. [...]

I AM JOHN BOEHNER’S SON

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This morning I saw an interview in which John Boehner said he would oppose marriage equality even if his son was gay. When I heard that my father’s second wife had died, I called him to offer my condolences. I told him that I could empathize with his grief having just gone through the death [...]

NEW YORK TO ITALY

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Ben and I are in New York working on the new Fire Island Polaroid book with our D.A.P. production crew. Our friends Jay and Mark loaned us their NY penthouse for our stay – and the owners of the Empire State Building lit it up a purple pink. Made us feel right at home. We [...]

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

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So much of last year was about Fire Island Pines where Ben and I spent over a month preparing for the new book out next spring.  A good part of the new year will also be about that subject as the book enters our communal history. Back in the 70’s and 80’s, I documented the [...]