Category Archives: GLBT Archives, art

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera
Author: Amy Brandt (Editor), Tseng Kwong Chi (Artist)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art
URL: Chrysler Museum of Art/Grey Art Gallery/Lyon Artbooks
Price: US $55.00
Summary [from the publisher]:
This volume is the first comprehensive survey of the work of Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–90), a revered photographer and performance artist of the 1980s. Reproducing more than 100 works by Tseng from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, and including archival materials from his commissions for the Soho Weekly News, the book presents Tseng’s best-known self-portrait series, East Meets West, as well as lesser–known works, plus portraits of his friends Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf, among others.

My review: Continue reading Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera


Keith Haring: The Authorized Biography by John Gruen

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Keith Haring: The Authorized Biography
Author: John Gruen
Genre: Non-fiction, Biography
URL: Out of Print
Summary [from the publisher]:
Keith Haring’s talent was first recognized on subway platforms, where his trademark chalk-drawn figures could be seen for the price of a token. By the time of his death in 1990 at the age of thirty-one, Haring’s career had moved from underground New York to the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world.

Here Keith Haring’s story is told by those who knew him—and by the artist himself. He candidly reflects on all aspects of his life, including his approach to art, being gay, and how he came to terms with AIDS. John Gruen masterfully combines Haring’s own words with the observations of those who knew him best, including art dealer Leo Castelli; Madonna; artists Roy Lichtenstein, Francesco Clemente, and Kenny Scharf; Claude Picasso; Timothy Leary; and William Burroughs, among others. Haring emerges as both a courageous and enigmatic personality—a champion of art for all people.

My review: Continue reading Keith Haring: The Authorized Biography by John Gruen


Richard Estes’ Realism by Patterson Sims et al.

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Richard Estes’ Realism
Author: Patterson Sims et al.
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art
URL: Portland Museum of Art
Price: US $40.00
Summary [from the publisher]:
Accompanying Estes’ first solo exhibition of paintings in the United States in over two decades, Richard Estes’ Realism surveys fifty years of his work and places him within the historical narrative of realist painting. The authors explore the ongoing modernist dialogue between camera and canvas, and discuss the situation of Estes’ work at the crossroads of painting and photography. Fifty full-page plates showcase the amazing precision of Estes’ paintings, and a thorough chronology and bibliography provide an enlightening account of his life. This handsome book offers a lavish presentation of Estes’ spellbinding body of work that attests to his enduring artistic impact.

My review: Continue reading Richard Estes’ Realism by Patterson Sims et al.


Secrets: a Psycop novella by Jordan Castillo Price – review

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ Title: Secrets: a Psycop novella
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Genre: Detective, mystery, paranormal
URL: Lulu
Price: US$5.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, noncon (not graphic), explicit m/m, bad language
Summary [from the author]:
Victor Bayne’s job as a PsyCop involves tracking down dead people and getting them to spill their guts about their final moments. It’s never been fun, per se. But it’s not usually this annoying.
Vic has just moved in with his boyfriend Jacob, he can’t figure out where anything’s packed, and his co-worker is pressuring him to have a housewarming party.
Can’t a guy catch a break?
On a more sinister note, Vic discovers there’s absolutely no trace of him online. No trace of anyone else who trained at “Camp Hell,” either.
Everyone Vic knows has signed a mysterious set of papers to ensure his “privacy.” The contracts are so confidential that even Vic has never heard of them. But Jacob might have.
What other secrets has Jacob been keeping?

My review: Continue reading Secrets: a Psycop novella by Jordan Castillo Price – review


Summer Moved On, an artbook by Michael Breyette – review

Rating: 10/10 ★★★★★★★★★★ 
Title: Summer Moved On
Artist: Michael Breyette
Genre: Homoerotic portraiture
URL: Artist’s site / Amazon USA / Amazon Canada / Amazon UK
Price: US$38.95 / UK£ £15.96
Other Information/warnings: Nudity, including genitalia and full erections.

An art book of homoerotic portraits, men in all stages of undress and situations in the summer sun. Sample pages available here.

My review: Continue reading Summer Moved On, an artbook by Michael Breyette – review


Yaoi art by Lady Tempest – review

Website Title: The Realm
Artist: Lady Tempest
Genre: Yaoi/ m/m
Other Information/warnings: none (art is not explicit)

My review:
I’m not a big fan of a lot of yaoi artwork – the characters’ body always seem distorted and don’t look particularly human. However, I was very struck by just how damn pretty and soulful some of the characters on Lady Tempest’s site are. For example:

I adore the colours and the soft, androgynous feel of this portrait. It’s vivid without being too in your face, and the expression is lovely. The artist does seem to like femme-y men (as do a lot of yaoi artists) but she’s skilfull enough to make them actually look like people. Here’s the same character again, in pencil:

A more ‘rugged’ male with a decidedly Japanese influence, also appealed to me:

And this is just a rich fantasy portrait which is beautifully composed and executed:


Collection of reviews for Velvet Mafia Issue no.1


‘Snow’ by Jameson Currier

This is a mood piece, a narrator suffering from cabin fever in a blizzard, and perhaps from a greater ennui with life. Poetic, beautiful – nothing much happens but we get an insight into the emptiness of the life of a single gay man, travelling on business.


‘Enough Oxygen’ by Marshall Moore

WARNINGS: child physical and sexual abuse, violence, mental illness. Not ‘slash’ as such, though the narrator is gay.

A difficult, painful and powerful story, about a young man pushed past his limits by a horrific home life. Not for the faint-hearted or easily upset.


‘Human again’ by Mel Smith

WARNINGS: violence
Another difficult story about two homeless men, lovers in the most difficult of circumstances. Starkly beautiful, uplifting yet sad. Again, not for the easily upset.


Photography by Jack Slomovits
WARNING: explicit photographs at this link. NOT WORK SAFE

Not a story but a gallery of homoerotic photos. Very tasteful, very nice.

There were other stories in this issue which might appeal to you – none of them were illiterate, they just weren’t my cup of tea. None of them grabbed me the way ‘Snow’ did, from the first words, but could be well worth a look.


Art by Heise – review

Title: Art by Heise
Genre: Romantic, non-explicit m/m art

Very pretty boys, being sweet.My review:

I stumbled on this from a links page, and I’m so glad I did. Not many actual m/m pictures here, nothing explicit, but some absolutely gorgeous romantic art here. Try these:………

Very high quality images, beautiful boys – I could stare at these all day.


Bishonen Works by P L Nunn – review

Title: Bishonen Works
Artist: P L Nunn
Genre: everything

There are too many images on this prolific artist and author’s site to individually review, so I’ll just tell people, you have to look. She works in CGI style, rather anime-like, which is not surprising since much of her fiction is based in anime fandom, and so are her fans. Her art covers a very wide number of subjects and characters, and many are not for the faint-hearted – when she says adults only, she really, really means that! But she really rings the changes from soft and sentimental to the most hard core BDSM and noncon themes. Some of the faces are a bit crude, though there are many that are simply meltingly lovely. What she’s the absolute master of is pose and form – her men are manly men, with luscious, muscular bodies, and she brings them together in sometimes weird ways, but they almost all work divinely.

And, if you like her art, the nice thing is that she sells prints and doujinshi cheaply on her site store. I highly recommend her original slash on her fiction page too, but that can be the subject of my next review. She is the queen of genre, in my humble opinion.