June 28~ Pride Month

George Tooker and William R. Christopher

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William Rodolphus Christopher was an American artist and civil rights activist known for his abstract imagery and collage. His longtime partner was the artist George Tooker; the pair lived in New York City until 1960, when they moved to Hartland, Vermont; the couple spent winters in Spain, where Christopher died in December 1973.
~Wikipedia

Self-Portait by George Tooker
1969 / Egg Tempera on gesso panel / National Academy of Design, NY, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assemblage Collage Painting/Sculpture with Pennies and Scrap Civil Rights Artist by William R. Christopher
1960-1969 / Mixed Media / Private collection

June 27~ Pride Month

George Tooker and Paul Cadmus and Jared French and Margaret Hoening

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Beginning in the late 1930s, Cadmus, Jared and Margaret French – and sometimes Tooker by the mid-1940s – spent summers in Provincetown, Fire Island, and Nantucket. Most of the time was spent in Saltaire, Fire Island, which became the setting of paintings that A. Hyatt Mayor [museum curator, art historian, and writer] once dubbed the ‘Fire Island School.’ ~Cadmus, French, & Tooker, the Early Years

George Tooker (1920–2011), Bathers (Bath Houses) by George Tooker
1950 / Egg tempera on gessoed board / The Huntington, San Marino, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Point O’View by Paul Cadmus
1945 / Egg tempera on panel / Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three women and a Lifeguard by Jared French
ND / Oil on canvas / Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moon by Day by Margaret French
1939 / Egg tempera on canvas mounted to board / Private collection

June 26~ Pride Month

Paul Cadmus and George Tooker

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Tooker began studying at the Art Students League in New York City from 1943 to 1945 under American painter Reginald Marsh…Tooker met then sixteen-year-old Paul Cadmus, who became his lover, lifelong friend, and major artistic mentor. ~theartstory.org

Self-Portrait of the Artist by George Tooker
1947 / Tempera on panel / Promised Gift to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

 

Portrait of George Tooker by Paul Cadmus
1949 / Ink heightened with white on paper / Private collection

Self-Portrait by Paul Cadmus
1935 / Tempera on board / Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 25~ Pride Month

Paul Cadmus and Jared French and Margaret Hoening
(PaJaMa)

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Margaret Hoening was a painter and an etcher [who studied] at the Art Students League. There, she met the artist couple Paul Cadmus and Jared French. In 1937, she married French, fifteen years her junior, who had spent the previous decade with Cadmus. The trio formed a tight bond, with Cadmus and French continuing their relationship. Together, the three formed PaJaMa (a mashup of their first names, Paul, Jared, and Margaret).
~https://d6jcg90g7mpvu.cloudfront.net/s3fs-public/margarethoeningfrench.pdf

Self Portrait by Margaret Hoening French
ND / Pencil on Paper / Private collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circus Performers and Animals by Margaret Hoening French
ND / Gouache on board / Private collection

June 24~ Pride Month

Paul Cadmus and Jared French

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In 1928, Cadmus…met Jared French, who encouraged him to quit making commercial art. The two became lovers and traveled to Europe from 1931 until 1932, living in a Mallorcan fishing village and learning and refining the egg tempera technique for which Cadmus became known. ~Paul Cadmus’ Greenwich Village

 

 

Paul Cadmus by Jared French
1944 / Pencil and brush and ink wash with white heightening / Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry (Jared French) by Paul Cadmus
1931 / Oil on canvas / Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

 

June 23~ Pride Month

George Platt Lynes, Monroe Wheeler, and Glenway Wescott

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Wescott was the author of novels, poetry, short stories, and essays…He met Wheeler, his life partner, in 1919 in Chicago; they settled in France in 1925, but returned to the U.S. in 1934, establishing residence in New York City. In 1927, [photographer George Platt Lynes] met Wescott and Wheeler and they formed an intimate threesome that endured for nearly twenty years. ~https://www.lib.umd.edu/kaporter-correspondence/individuals/glenway-wescott-monroe-wheeler-and-george-platt-lynes

1. Self Portrait, George Platt Lynes, n.d. / Gelatin silver print / Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

2. Monroe Wheeler c.1930-49 / Gelatin silver print / National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

3. Glenway Wescott, n.d. / Gelatin silver print / Keith de Lellis Gallery, NY, NY

June 22~ Pride Month

Gilbert and George

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They met in 1967, in London, at St Martin’s School of Art. Was it love at first sight? “No,” says George. “We never thought ‘Let’s do art together!’” He describes their relationship as a friendship, something that came about slowly and imperceptibly, “like an atmosphere – or a cloud.”
~BBC Front Row

The Singing Sculpture by Gilbert & George
1971 / At the opening of the Sonnabend Gallery, NY, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here by Gilbert & George
1987 / Hand-dyed photographs, mounted and framed in 35 parts / MoMA, NY, NY

June 21~ Pride Month

Charles Bell and Willard K.H. Ching

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Bell died in Manhattan, New York of lymphoma on April 1, 1995, at age 60. He had AIDS at the time of his death. His partner of 22 years, interior decorator Willard K.H. Ching, had died of an AIDS-related illness three years earlier, in 1992. They are buried alongside each other at Diamond Head Memorial Park, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. ~Wikipedia

Interior Design by Willard Ching
ND / Watercolor / Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gum Ball No. 10: “Sugar Daddy” by Charles Bell
1975 / Oil on canvas / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NY, NY

June 20~ Pride Month

Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns

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RR: “I’m not frightened of the affection that Jasper and I had, both personally and as working artists.
I don’t see any sin or conflict in those days when each of us was the most important person in each other’s lives.”
~Rauschenberg, with Affection by Richard Meyer

Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns in Johns’s Pearl Street studio, New York, c.1954,
photo by Rachel Rosenthal

Short Circuit by Robert Rauschenberg
1955 / Oil, fabric, notebook paper, postcard, printed reproductions, concert program, and autograph on canvas, wood supports, and cabinets / MoMA, NY, NY

A painting by his former wife, artist Susan Weil, appears behind the right door, and a flag composition by Jasper Johns once sat behind the left door. (It went missing in 1965 and was replaced at Rauschenberg’s invitation with a facsimile by the artist Elaine Sturtevant.)

 

Target with Four Faces
by Jasper Johns
1955 / Encaustic on newspaper and cloth over canvas surmounted by four tinted-plaster faces in wood box with hinged front / Art Institute of Chicago, IL

The faces were cast over the course of several months. He used a friend and neighbor as a model. The faces are abstracted by their having been cropped at the eyes. They become a kind of banner above the target.

June 19~ Pride Month

Nell Blaine and Carolyn Harris

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During the next three decades [Blaine, R] would become a notable painter…In 1974, she purchased a cottage…where she and her partner, painter Carolyn Harris [L], made the most of the splendid views available on Cape Ann. ~Alive Still: Nell Blaine, American Painter

Alive Still by Nell Blaine
1991 / Pastel and charcoal on paper / Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NY, NY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Henry’s Pond, Pebble Beach by Carolyn Harris
1989 / Watercolor / Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA