Did you think homoeroticism in art was just a late-20th-century phenomenon, that artists like Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and many others were something new under the sun? We all might as well face it: homoerotic art has been with us always.
I, like so many other queer artists, grew up in fear and isolation. Even with evidence to the contrary, I still thought I was the only queer in the world. A queer mind full of wonderful queer ideas with nobody to talk to about them.
Franco's "The Dangerous Book Four Boys" went up last week at the Clocktower Gallery, P.S.1. curator Alanna Heiss' famed alternative space. It's an engaging first show from Franco, and a daring move from Heiss.