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TURNING A QUEER EYE TO ART
Dec 5 '12
George Platt Lynes | Acteon | 1936
queermuseum:

"George Platt Lynes was a fashion and fine art photographer from the twenties up until his death in the fifties. Privately, he produced a huge catalog of male nudes and other homoerotic works that drew from the posed nature of his fashion photos and the Surrealist demimonde in which he lived during the early part of his life. At 19, Lynes dropped out of Yale and fell in love with Monroe Wheeler, who would become famous as a small press bookmaker (he founded Harrison of Paris and went on to be deeply involved with MOMA for fifty years). Lynes moved to Paris, following in Wheeler’s footsteps, and there met Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Paul Robeson, and many other luminaries of the era. He also met Glenway Wescott, a celebrated novelist - and Wheeler’s other boyfriend. The three’s open, joyful, polyamorous relationship was public knowledge even to many of their family members at the time, and lasted for more than a decade. Like his life, much of Lynes’ homoerotic private photography presages what Mapplethorpe et al. would make public decades after his death in 1955.”
— Hugh

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George Platt LynesActeon | 1936

queermuseum:

"George Platt Lynes was a fashion and fine art photographer from the twenties up until his death in the fifties. Privately, he produced a huge catalog of male nudes and other homoerotic works that drew from the posed nature of his fashion photos and the Surrealist demimonde in which he lived during the early part of his life. At 19, Lynes dropped out of Yale and fell in love with Monroe Wheeler, who would become famous as a small press bookmaker (he founded Harrison of Paris and went on to be deeply involved with MOMA for fifty years). Lynes moved to Paris, following in Wheeler’s footsteps, and there met Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Paul Robeson, and many other luminaries of the era. He also met Glenway Wescott, a celebrated novelist - and Wheeler’s other boyfriend. The three’s open, joyful, polyamorous relationship was public knowledge even to many of their family members at the time, and lasted for more than a decade. Like his life, much of Lynes’ homoerotic private photography presages what Mapplethorpe et al. would make public decades after his death in 1955.”

— Hugh

See more posts of George Platt Lynes work on ArtQueer

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