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The Male Gaze

The Male Gaze: Gay Male Art
NEW YORK  •  The powerHouse Arena  •  Ongoing

The Male Gaze features the work of mostly contemporary homosexual artists in a variety of media. They examine aspects of the existential condition, identity politics, gender, youth-oriented pop culture, notably American, as well as the political and social evolution from pre-gay, post-stonewall gay male hedonism,  the AIDS epidemic and what some consider an imminent "post-gay" era of more "mainstream" concerns related to civil rights, marriage and parenting.

The line up of artists includes:

Stephen Andrews is represented in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada. Andrews’ most recent exhibits, P.O.V. and Apostles, were seen at the Paul Petro Gallery, Toronto.

Gio Black Peter (born Giovanni Andrade) was born in Guatemala and migrated illegally to the United States with his family at the age of 5. Black Peter’s artworks and music incorporate outsider experiences drawn from his travels and life in New York. The name “Black Peter” is taken from the folkloric elf who brings “bad” presents to bad children on Christmas.

James Bidgood was born in Madison, WI in 1933, and completed the bulk of his creative output from a midtown tenement in the 1960s. His photography has inspired figures like David LaChapelle and Pierre et Gilles, and his film Pink Narcissus is widely acknowledged as a masterpiece of gay cinema. His eponymous monograph was published by Taschen in 1999.

James Bidgood: Lobsters
James Bidgood: Lobsters, Watercolor (Jay Gavin) Early 1960s
Modern Digital C-print; 20 x 16 Sheets; 15 x 15 image
3 of 25 dated, signed, numbered on verso

AA Bronson lived and worked as part of the artist group General Idea from 1969 through 1994, when his two partners died of AIDs-related causes. Together they had over 100 solo exhibitions world-wide and participated in some 150 group exhibitions, including the Paris, Venice, Sydney, and Sao Paulo Biennales, and Documenta. Since 1999 he has worked under his own name, with solo exhibitions internationally, including at the Vienna Secession, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the MIT List Visual Arts Center, and the Power Plant, Toronto. He was included in the 2000 Montreal Biennale and the 2002 Whitney Biennale. He is a founder of the seminal artists’ bookstore Art Metropole, Toronto, and currently Director of Printed Matter, New York City.

Raymond Carrance (1921–1998) was a photographer and book illustrator working in the 1950s and 60s who created a private catalogue of homoerotic dreamscapes under the pseudonym “Czanara.” Little is known about him save that had several exhibitions in Paris in the 1960s and 1970s, and illustrated probably half a dozen elaborate books, including an edition of Montherlant’s gay classic La Ville don’t Le Prince est un Enfant. Antinous Press, distributed by powerHouse Books, will release a book of his work this spring.

Robert Filippini is a New York–based artist working in various media including text, video, painting, and installation. In the early 1990s he lived in Moscow and Berlin, producing agitprop and co-founding the AIDS relief organization RAR. He has been exhibited and published widely throughout Europe and America. He is currently working on a map of the world.

Andrew Harwood’s recent exhibitions include Bikes at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art and Biker at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.  His exhibition Canadian Musical Terrorists opens in June at Paul Petro Contemporary Art, Toronto.

Christian Holstad has been exhibited at and is included in the permanent collections of the foremost art institutions in the world. His first monograph will be published by Aschenbach Editions/powerHouse Books in fall 2007.

Christian Holstadt: Banner (Infect Others)

Christian Holstad
Banner (Infect Others) 2006 - 7
Metallic Kid Skin

Scott Hug and Michael Magnan are an internationally-exhibited art duo. Their most recent installations of social and political provocation, Wookies Need Love Too and Boys Gone Wild, have been exhibited at the Hiromi Yoshi Gallery, Japan, and John Connelly Presents, New York. Hug is also a curator and the founder of K48, an annual art fanzine. Michael Magnan is also the founder of the textile design and fashion organization Do Not Provoke Us.

Brian Kenny was born in Heidelburg, Germany on an American military base in 1982. Kenny’s work integrates many of his diverse life experiences, such as his background in competitive gymnastics, extensive travel during his youth with his family, and his urban life as a wigger. Since 2005, Kenny has been collaborating with Slava Mogutin under the team name SUPERM. Together they have displayed work in exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Moscow, Berlin, Paris, Oslo, Stockholm, and Leon, Spain.

Bruce LaBruce is a Toronto-based filmmaker, writer, and photographer. Over his long career, he has co-edited a punk fanzine called J.D.s that begat the queercore movement, directed and starred in three feature length movies, No Skin Off My Ass, Super 8 1/2, and Hustler White, directed two art/porn features, Skin Flick, and The Raspberry Reich, and written a premature memoir entitled The Reluctant Pornographer. LaBruce was a contributing editor and frequent writer and photographer for Index magazine, and is or has been a regular contributor or photographer for Eye, Exclaim, Dutch, Vice Magazine,, BlackBook, Honcho, Inches, Dazed and Confused, Bon, Tank, Tetu, Fake, Attitude, and Blend. His forthcoming book Bruceploitation (Aschenbach Editions/powerHouse, 2007) delivers everything the title promises: Bruce LaBruce, hogtied and ready to be abused.

Qing Liu was born in Fujian Province, China. He received his BA from the school of Art and Architecture at UCLA in 2004 and MFA from Columbia University in 2006. His photography, text work, drawings, videos, and sculptural installations navigate within a system of the political and cultural structures to investigate the idea of existence through his  relationship with the external world.

Ryan McGinley’s first collection of photographs, The Kids are Alright, began with a homemade book of photographs sent to 100 editors and artists and went on to make McGinley, then just 24 years old, the youngest artist in history to hold a solo exhibit at the renowned Whitney Museum of American Art.

Futoshi Miyagi is Brooklyn-based Japanese artist. His diverse body of work includes sculptures, photographs, artist books, and other objects concerned with ideas of selfhood, national and sexual identity, and the imaging of childhood and memories.

Slava Mogutin was the last political dissident from the former Soviet Union and the first ever to become a porn star. Chased out of his country at the age of 21, he was granted political asylum in the US with the support of Amnesty International and PEN American Center. Mogutin is the author of seven books in Russian, and his writing has been translated into and published in six languages. His photography has been exhibited internationally and featured in such diverse publications as i-D, Honcho, Visionaire, Bound & Gagged, BlackBook, Playgirl, Butt, and Stern. His monograph Lost Boys (powerHouse Books, 2006) was profiled everywhere from Butt to L’Uomo Vogue, and sold through its first printing in about a week.

Slava Mogutin: Ilya (Gucci)
Slava Mogutin: Ilya (Gucci), 2001
Archival c-print mounted on aluminum
40 x 27; 5 of 5

j. morrison is an Brooklyn-based artist and designer. His work is currently featured in the Into Me/Out of Me exhibition at the MACRO Museo d'Arte Contemporanea in Rome, which has shown at PS1 and KW Institute for Contemporary Art. James prefers "j. morrison" to avoid any unfortunate "Doors" references.

Will Munro is a Toronto-based installation artist and promoter.

Joe Ovelman recently held a solo exhibition of multimedia work entitled For Whites Only in New York City. Well known for his rogue guerrilla aesthetic, Ovelman's site-specific installations have appeared at construction sites in SoHo, Chelsea, and Times Square. He is represented by Conner Contemporary, Washington, D.C.

Joe Ovelman: For Whites Only
Joe Ovelman: For Whites Only, 2007

Paul P. has held recent solo exhibitions at Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, and Daniel Reich Gallery, New York, as well as notable group exhibitions at Mary Boone Gallery and David Zwirner Gallery in New York and the Power Plant in Toronto. A number of his drawings are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. P. was born in Canada and currently lives in Paris. His forthcoming monograoh Nonchaloir (Aschenbach Editions/powerHouse, spring 2007) is a collection of his work from the past four years.

Jack Pierson is represented by more than a dozen galleries around the world and has exhibited at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, and ZKM, Karlsruhe, to name a few.

Ezra Rubin is a Brooklyn-based artist and musician, who performs under the name Kingdom.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya’s frank, intimate portraits of close friends (and the occasional stranger) and related artworks from the past few years have been widely exhibited, at such venues as Art Basel (with Printed Matter and Art Metropole), and Daniel Reich and Stefan Stux galleries in New York City. Sepuya is known for his series of portrait-zines entitled SHOOT, and his projects have been published in magazines such as BUTT, Eyemazing, They Shoot Homos Don't They?, and Straight to Hell. His first solo exhibition opens this May at Envoy in New York City. Sepuya currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Lionel Smartly is a New York-based artist who works in various media.

Wilhelm von Gloeden (1856–1931) is known for his open-air photography and  pastoral nudes of Sicilian boys in the Greek and Roman style. He openly published and exhibited work with lucid homoerotic implications during a time synonymous with homophobia.

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