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Gorgeous Gallery [Hardcover]

David Leddick
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14 Jun 2012
This coffee table book offers a unique over view of the works of contemporary gay artists. Breaking new grounds of photo and comic art, this stunning collection of wonderful artworks brings together images from pop art to photo realism. The marvellous faces of modern art are ambitiously compiled by David Leddick, dedicated to the beauty of men.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: BRUNO GMUNDER VERLAG (14 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867872481
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867872485
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 664,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant selection of homoerotic art. 6 Jun 2012
By Steve
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Beautifully produced, this is a great compilation of modern homoerotic art by the famous, such as Warhol and Hockney and some, like Paul Cadmus and Harry Bush, who are brilliant illustrators of the deliciously pornographic. The works span some 60 years and show the beauty (and sometimes not so much)of the male body and the range of emotion and sensuality of which men who love men are capable. Originality is another hallmark: there is not a single painting or drawing which does not capture and hold your interest for its skill, its perception or its sensuality. The quality of reproduction is high and overall, the book is one to treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yes, pretty gorgeous 28 Nov 2013
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
David Leddick's Gorgeous Gallery is a superb book to look through to raise your spirits, a bit like having a bar of Cote d'Or chocolate. There are a large number of gay artists represented, usually by between two and four paintings, and the variety of styles is impressive. Some - Warhol, Hockney, Don Bachardy, Paul Cadmus - are household names to gay art lovers - and non-gay ones, although the last of these in particular is shown in more explicit work than usual. Some of the work is thrilling to discover, headed by a well-written paragraph by Leddick that contextualises the artist. For instance, he says about David John: John's men are sexy but never in that way that suggests they know it and are displaying themselves for the viewer. You then see this in the pictures, and their appeal is if anything enhanced. Gilbert Lewis has an extraordinary singularity in his take on discreetly nude figures, Wes Hempel's young males are amazingly alluring, while Michael Leonard's nudes give us more colour than the GMP monograph, and are also in a larger format so their tenderness is very striking. Classic artists on the borderline with comic art - Neel Bate and Giacomo "Jack" Bozzi , more commonly known as Blade and Adam, alongside Harry Bush, are represented in full page illustrations, very lusciously, while Pavel Tchelitchew has to have a mention as one of the greatest, most expressive twentieth century artists, not just within the gay context. The last two pages are devoted to the legendary French artist Bastille, and Miguel Angel Reyes has done some stunning colour drawings with titles like Homo Undies that are very enjoyable. There are the superb colourful paintings of the Serbian Nebojsa Zdravkovic, the boxer type sitting on van Gogh's bed by Balas seems an open invitation ... there is no end to the delights in this book ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars GEORGEOUS GUYS 28 April 2013
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Lavish illustrations. It covers a broad sweep of gay art in human history and shows just for how long gays have been contributing to the Human Story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of nearly pornographic images presented as gay art 7 Oct 2012
By H. Williams - Published on Amazon.com
David Leddick has produced a colorful art book of absurdly handsome men. E-readers will never be able to replace this sort of presentation, a beautifully printed book on slick heavy paper. It's so good looking that, like a new model boyfriend, you'll want to show it off. A better title for this book would be "Perfect Modern Fantasies: 125+ Nearly Pornographic Pictures from 40 or so Gay Artists."

After a token look at some pre-20th-century art works, Leddick has divided the book into three sections: "Contemporary," "Avant-Garde," and "Classic." At first glance, this is an interesting order to present the works, but after examining the works (and sometimes very, very carefully examining them a number of times over several days) the categories don't make much difference.

In the first section, "Contemporary," Leddick presents 17 artists. The first artist in the section is Don Bachardy, Christopher Isherwood's partner who still lives in Southern California. This starts the book strongly with a series of vivid nude studies of men at rest. Midway through the section, David Hockney's simple drawings give a break from the painted nudes. Three intense images of penises by Andy Warhol, who typifies the adrenaline-fuelled New York art world, appear near the end of the section.

Throughout the book, each artist gets a short write-up with a random amount of information along with their selected images. Each section bounces between East Coast, West Coast, and international artists, which seems confusing until you realize that within each section, the book presents its artists alphabetically rather than based on geography, medium, thematic approach, or chronology. While Bachardy, Hockney, and Warhol are the best known artists in the "Contemporary" section, I also recognized some of the other artists (such as Wes Hempel and Michael Mitchell) from book jacket covers and publications that use their images.

The middle section, "Avant-Garde," presents a set of artists whose names I didn't recognize, but offers some of the strongest images in the book. My newly discovered favorites include Felix d'Eon, who presents very witty dirty cartoons, and James Huctwith, who has an exceptional way with serious portraits and groups of men in dark poses. I also laughed at Christopher Schulz's nude imaginings of the fleshy actor "Seth Rogan."

But calling this section "Avante-Garde" is misleading. Other than a bit of post-modern joking, the images seem like straightforward nudes. This would have been the section for Robert Mapplethorpe, Tom of Finland, any of the manga artists (such as Gengoroh Tagame), or one of the serious fetish artists, but they're missing from this collection, as is any significant photography.

The last section, "Classics," presents the artists who are generally older or who created some of the earliest works in the collection. This section owes a special debt of gratitude to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, which provided many of these timeless reproductions. The most famous artist in this section is the master Paul Cadmus. While many of the other images seem rough or impressionistic, Cadmus's young men are clearly recognizable as 20th-century icons.

Interestingly, the "Classics" section shows the largest number full erections (on single men and on couples), the biggest dicks, the largest number of men having explicit sex, and both depictions of auto-fellatio in the book, but also bares the fewest butts. I'm pretty sure that gay men weren't more randy years ago, but were artists more uninhibited without the fear of their work being confused as pornography?

One the one hand, I would have liked better biographies (or, in some cases, any biographical information) of the largely unknown artists, along with a mention of the artistic medium and the original size of the work, but this isn't a serious art book. This is a book that you'll enjoy perusing at leisure. David Leddick has a sweet job, deciding which images to include, and he's done a great service in putting together a collection that's rich in visual content but negligent on analysis, which is fine for discovery and browsing.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars `Even the ancients were aware that art could turn you on.' 15 July 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
This inside cover flap statement by author/curator David Leddick rather sums up this very spectacular book that will surprise the legion of followers that David Leddick enjoys. He has published not only some vey fine novels, but he is perhaps best known for his always erudite and entertaining introductions to books on art: anthologies seem to be his metre. He may be providing information about erotic art but it is always with a style of academic dignity.

GORGEOUS GALLERY is somewhat of an exception for Leddick. This time around he has created a book that begins with a lucid, detailed history of `Homoerotic Art Through History' form the Greeks and Romans to the present. Opening with a tongue in cheek discussion about the prudish public afraid to accept that art can be erotic (`This is an idea that has been strongly resisted in our still oh-so puritan United States. Porn is something that you receive in a plain wrapper and regard in the privacy of your bedroom or closet.'), and then proceeds to give written and visual examples of the eroticism in the art of the master, carrying his historical path through the ages to the present. He ten divides his book into time chapters - Contemporary, Avant-Garde, and Classics - each chapter including artists who have chose one of these three pathways to present the male nude.

And then the fun begins. Every artist in this book is represented by a brief but concise biography and examples (often full page sized) of their work. In the Contemporary sector he includes Don Bachardy, David Hockney, Michael Leonard, Steve Walker (whose painting graces the cover), Wes Hempel, Joseph Fanielli, Andy Warhol and others. In the Avant-Garde section he places Jack Balas, Miguel Angel Reyes, Marc Ming Chan (a thrillingly brilliant draughtsman!), the dichotomous Mark Beard/Bruce Sergeant, and others. And in the Classics division we find Paul Cadmus, Pavel Tchelitchew, Darold Perkins and others who and other artists whose blatant, in your face eroticism references Leddick's opening comments on pornography!
So why is this collection so different from Leddick's previous anthologies? Certainly other first rate books such as `100 ARTISTS OF THE MALE FIGURE' present an equal number of excellent artists, but it seems this is the first book that unabashedly includes erotica in its presentation of artists who paint or draw the male figure. It is a rich, stylish, beautifully designed and produced book and a very fine addition to the library of gender studies. Grady Harp, July 12
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A platter of male figures peppered with erotica 18 July 2012
By Artfully Minded - Published on Amazon.com
I have long admired the work of David Leddick, I own several of his books. His keen eye for the figure is beyond doubt. If you collect work by Leddick, you should have this book in your collection as well.

The Good: Including Don Bachardy, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney in a collection of male figurative work is an admirable "get" that "100 Artists of the Male Figure," and its predecessor "Powerfully Beautiful" were unable to accomplish -- likely due to the well deserved cachet of the Leddick name.

The Confusing: Why the beautifully executed and classical figures of Fanelli, Hemple, or Leonard should be included in a collection that also features semen soaked blokes is jarring. I fully recognize that one can and does collect work by both erotic and non-erotic artists -- and that many erotic artists, Felix d'Eon for example, also create work that is classical in tone -- the juxtaposition here feels disjointed. I would also say that some of the talent featured feels uneven.

David's curatorial eye is impeccable, the addition of works that make the book feel dissonant are likely due to Publisher Gmunder who were well on their way to publishing a more classically themed book in 2010 but nixed it when the CEO demanded the inclusion of overt sexual content.

So if you seek a platter of male figures peppered with erotica, then this spicy dish is for you! If you hope to buy a book you can leave on the coffee table when mixed-company arrives, I think this book is best left under your bed.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous book 17 Mar 2013
By Pepe Khennavong - Published on Amazon.com
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No disappointment at all with the book - gorgeous indeed. Recommend it for those how are looking for something different
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good paper 5 Aug 2012
By Ashwien Bisnajak - Published on Amazon.com
Although I am impressed with the large and diverse collection of artists, I am dissapointed in the dept and analysis of the work. It feels a bit like 'loose sand'. On a positive note, the used paper is quite good... ;-) Gorgeous Gallery
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