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Scott Nichols Gallery | San Francisco

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AIPAD 2015 | POLAROID EXHIBIT

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  Links: AIPAD 2015 Fahey/Klein Gallery

LOOKING BACK | SEEING FORWARD

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When I first began making photographs, I aimed to fill a gap – to show what had not (widely) been shown. When it came to the male nude and / or gay life, the gap was cavernous. Today the Internet provides countless thousands of images to fill that huge hole. And many of those images [...]

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. [...]