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Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: John Singer Sargent, Portraits of Artists and Friends, at the Met

Perry Brass | Posted 09.16.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

The Metropolitan Museum has been hosting one of the great Sargent shows this fall; it will close on October 4, and believe me if you haven't run over to see it, do.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire -- To Fall in Love in Birmingham, Alabama

Perry Brass | Posted 08.13.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

At the Met show, I didn't want to leave it. It opened up my brain like an act of exploration, where it remained there, someplace in my eyes. I have rarely had this experience with a work of art. It made so much other stuff look like bullshit.

"I Was Very, Very Happy That Stonewall Had Happened."

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

Perry couldn't seem to escape the abuse from being gay, whether it was from bullies or the cops. But one night in June, Perry was at the bar, Julius', when he heard that there was a raid down the street at Stonewall and "the girls" were fighting back.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: It Shoulda Been You

Perry Brass | Posted 07.07.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

It Shoulda Been You, the musical now playing for a limited time at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on W. 47th Street, is about one of the most anxiety-producing collisions in human life.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis

Perry Brass | Posted 05.25.2015 | Books
Perry Brass

Jane Wyman was Ronald Reagan's first wife. They met when they were both working their way up the Hollywood star ladder -- Wyman was actually ahead of Reagan -- and they came out of the same background: hardscrabble Depression; very much hand-to-mouth.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Yevgeniy Fiks and 'The Lenin Museum' at CUNY's James Gallery

Perry Brass | Posted 03.07.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

A kind of Russian mystery one would expect out of Gorky Park is unfolding at the James Gallery in a show of paintings and installations by Russian-born painter and conceptual artist Yevgeniy Fiks entitled "The Lenin Museum."

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Eric Rhein: AIDS and The Hummingbird's Warrior

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

One of the most beautiful art experiences I know of in the New York area is completely free, in a gorgeous, amazingly comfortable setting, and will be on display until January 31, 2015. It is of the captivating, sometimes lighter than air, other times heavy as mortality, art of Eric Rhein.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: The "Classical Nude" Looks Back at You

Perry Brass | Posted 01.03.2015 | Arts
Perry Brass

A piece of art that either openly celebrates same-sex desire or points to it; or reveals within its space some aspect of an outsider sexual experience that has been withheld.

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Life Is A Show, Old Chum!

Perry Brass | Posted 09.07.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

I went to see Alan Cumming in Cabaret at the Roundabout Theater Company's venture at Studio 54 last night. Cumming was spectacular--as ever.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Charles James at His Splendid Met Museum Show: Sick!

Perry Brass | Posted 08.25.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

One word immediately came to my mind looking at the head-turning displays of haute couture by the legendary Charles James at the Metropolitan Museum on a recent gorgeous summer Sunday in June.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Three Timely Awakenings at the Outsider Art Fair

Perry Brass | Posted 07.12.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

I had three very timely awakenings at this year's Outsider Art Fair, sponsored by the Museum of American Folk Art, in Chelsea, for five days ending on May 11. They were stunning, shaking me all over, and ultimately beautiful.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Heat "Stroke" at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Perry Brass | Posted 06.25.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

There are three ways to look at the work in the new show at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art: "Stroke, from Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls," a show of gay erotic art, mostly drawings, during the "Golden Age of Gay Erotica.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Pink Triangles: Vices and Verses From a Gay Lit Crowd

Perry Brass | Posted 03.31.2014 | Books
Perry Brass

First a little quiz: A) What do Rock Hudson, Alfred Lunt, Lorenz Hart, Rudolph Nureyev, Dana Andrews, Montgomery Clift, Leonard Bernstein, Zachary ...

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: High Art and Low Sex All the Way Through Evening

Perry Brass | Posted 02.03.2014 | Arts
Perry Brass

It's a beautiful, moving film about a very tender subject: artists who die young but leave us an extremely important part of themselves. How do you preserve this? How do you keep this beautiful "self" alive when it's a piece of art?

Two Weeks With The Flu

Perry Brass | Posted 03.26.2013 | Gay Voices
Perry Brass

Until this month I had never been even a bit sick at any point in the 21st century. But weeks after my latest flu inoculation, on Friday, Jan. 4, my throat started feeling scratchy. Uh-oh!

Perry Brass: The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Jean Valjean at Christmas

Perry Brass | Posted 02.16.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

To me, as a gay Jew at this difficult Christmas, thinking about Jean Valjean (and his creator Victor Hugo), even remembering crying my eyes out over him, are all very good. Because goodness is definitely its own reward, and we need to remember that.

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Shopping and Screwing

Perry Brass | Posted 01.26.2013 | Style
Perry Brass

Why does this beautiful, nostalgic (OK, maybe phoney nostalgic, but even phony nostalgia has its place) time that reaches back somehow into the childhood of every man, woman, dog, and cat, have to be about shopping mania?

The Manly Pursuit of Desire: Hurricane Sandy: Déjà Vu All Over Again

Perry Brass | Posted 01.20.2013 | Arts
Perry Brass

I lived in New Orleans during the early 1980s, and people got so complacently used to the threat of hurricanes out in the Gulf that they gave "hurricane parties" when the waters started to brew up their own hot madness each year. But this was no party in New York. This was déjà vu all over again.