The young and evil : queer modernism in New York, 1930-1955 / Jarrett Earnest, Ann Reynolds, Kenneth Silver, Michael Schreiber.

By: Earnest, JarrettContributor(s): Reynolds, Ann Morris | Silver, Kenneth E | Schreiber, Michael (Writer)Material type: TextTextPublication details: New York, New York : David Zwirner Books, [2020], ©2019. Description: 150 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cmISBN: 9781644230268; 1644230267Other title: Queer modernism in New York, 1930-1955 [Portion of title]Subject(s): Gay artists -- United States -- Biography | Gay artists -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Modernism (Art) -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Homosexuality in art -- Exhibitions | Gay men in art -- ExhibitionsGenre/Form: Exhibition catalogs.DDC classification: 700.922 LOC classification: ND237.Z46 | J377 2020
Contents:
A brief history of intimacy / Jarrett Earnest -- No strangers / Ann Reynolds -- Homo erectus and his discontents / Kenneth E. Silver -- Intimate companion: a conversation with Alexander Jensen Yow / Michael Schreiber -- Biographies / Kara Carmack.
Summary: "The story of a group of artists and writers active during the first half of the twentieth century, when homosexuality was as problematic for American culture as figuration was for modernist painting. These artists--including Paul Cadmus, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, Charles Henri Ford, Jared French, Margaret Hoening French, George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Tooker, Alexander Jensen Yow, and their circle--were new social creatures, playfully and boldly homosexual at a time when it was both criminalized and pathologized. They pursued a modernism of the body--driven by eroticism and bounded by intimacy, forming a hothouse world within a world that doesn't nicely fit any subsequent narrative of modern American art. ... They looked away from abstraction toward older sources and models--classical and archaic forms of figuration and Renaissance techniques. What might be seen as a reactionary aesthetic maneuver was made in the service of radical content--endeavoring to depict their own lives. Their little-known history is presented here through never- before-exhibited photographs, sculptures, drawings, ephemera, and rarely seen major paintings--offering the first view of its kind into their interwoven intellectual, artistic, and personal lives"-- Publisher's website.
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Published on the occasion of an exhibition of the same name held at David Zwirner from February 21-April 13, 2019.

A brief history of intimacy / Jarrett Earnest -- No strangers / Ann Reynolds -- Homo erectus and his discontents / Kenneth E. Silver -- Intimate companion: a conversation with Alexander Jensen Yow / Michael Schreiber -- Biographies / Kara Carmack.

"The story of a group of artists and writers active during the first half of the twentieth century, when homosexuality was as problematic for American culture as figuration was for modernist painting. These artists--including Paul Cadmus, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, Charles Henri Ford, Jared French, Margaret Hoening French, George Platt Lynes, Bernard Perlin, Pavel Tchelitchew, George Tooker, Alexander Jensen Yow, and their circle--were new social creatures, playfully and boldly homosexual at a time when it was both criminalized and pathologized. They pursued a modernism of the body--driven by eroticism and bounded by intimacy, forming a hothouse world within a world that doesn't nicely fit any subsequent narrative of modern American art. ... They looked away from abstraction toward older sources and models--classical and archaic forms of figuration and Renaissance techniques. What might be seen as a reactionary aesthetic maneuver was made in the service of radical content--endeavoring to depict their own lives. Their little-known history is presented here through never- before-exhibited photographs, sculptures, drawings, ephemera, and rarely seen major paintings--offering the first view of its kind into their interwoven intellectual, artistic, and personal lives"-- Publisher's website.

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