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Posts tagged George Platt Lynes

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

Mar 30 '12
George Platt Lynes: Portrait of painter George Tooker

George Platt Lynes: Portrait of painter George Tooker

Feb 23 '12
George Platt LynesPortrait of Marsden Hartley1942

Discussion by Jonathan Katz, co-curator of “Hide/Seek" and Chair of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at SUNY-Buffalo:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqZ_s5VQKlU
"Marsden Hartley died the year after this photograph was taken, and this portrait of the artist is full of abstract themes of death and loss, both for the subject and the photographer, George Platt Lynes.
Hartley sits slumped and exhausted, a condition heightened by his mourning the recent death of a young man to whom he was attracted in Maine. But Lynes alludes to Hartley’s earlier loss of Karl von Freyburg in World War I in the shadowy figure of the young man in uniform projected on the back wall. This memorial to lost youth had a poignant double meaning, since Lynes’s assistant, George Tichenor, to whom he was deeply and unsuccessfully attracted, had just been killed in World War II. Lynes posed an assistant-quite possibly Tichenor’s brother Jonathan—in George’s uniform as an abstract representation of the losses that shadowed both his and the aged Hartley’s lives.”

George Platt Lynes
Portrait of Marsden Hartley
1942

Discussion by Jonathan Katz, co-curator of “Hide/Seek" and Chair of the Visual Studies Doctoral Program at SUNY-Buffalo:

"Marsden Hartley died the year after this photograph was taken, and this portrait of the artist is full of abstract themes of death and loss, both for the subject and the photographer, George Platt Lynes.

Hartley sits slumped and exhausted, a condition heightened by his mourning the recent death of a young man to whom he was attracted in Maine. But Lynes alludes to Hartley’s earlier loss of Karl von Freyburg in World War I in the shadowy figure of the young man in uniform projected on the back wall. This memorial to lost youth had a poignant double meaning, since Lynes’s assistant, George Tichenor, to whom he was deeply and unsuccessfully attracted, had just been killed in World War II. Lynes posed an assistant-quite possibly Tichenor’s brother Jonathan—in George’s uniform as an abstract representation of the losses that shadowed both his and the aged Hartley’s lives.”

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesThe Second Birth of Dionysus1939

George Platt Lynes
The Second Birth of Dionysus
1939

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesSelf portrait

George Platt Lynes
Self portrait

Nov 23 '11
George Platt Lynes

George Platt Lynes

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesPaul Cadmusc.1937

George Platt Lynes
Paul Cadmus
c.1937

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesActeon1936

George Platt Lynes
Acteon
1936

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesMark Paganoc.1950

George Platt Lynes
Mark Pagano
c.1950

Nov 23 '11
George Platt Lynes

George Platt Lynes

Nov 23 '11
toomuchart:

George Platt Lynes (1907-1955),Jean Cocteau, June 19361936

toomuchart:

George Platt Lynes (1907-1955),
Jean Cocteau, June 1936
1936

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesChester Nielsonc.1940s

George Platt Lynes
Chester Nielson
c.1940s

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesPavel Tchelitchew1945

George Platt Lynes
Pavel Tchelitchew
1945

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesGeorge Tookerc.1930s

George Platt Lynes
George Tooker

c.1930s

Nov 23 '11
George Platt LynesWilbur Wrightc.1943

George Platt Lynes
Wilbur Wright

c.1943