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5.0 out of 5 stars yes, pretty gorgeous, 28 Nov 2013
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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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