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The Flamboyant Life and Forbidden Art of George Quaintance

High Camp Erotic Art at the TASCHEN Gallery

George Quaintance lived and worked during an era when homosexuality was repressed, when his joyful paintings and physique photos could not depict a penis. In an era before Stonewall, the sexual revolution, gay rights and the AIDS crisis, Quaintance and his high-camp erotic art existed in a demi-monde of borderline legality.

From July 3 – August 31, TASCHEN Gallery presents THE FLAMBOYANT LIFE AND FORBIDDEN ART OF GEORGE QUAINTANCE, the first public show of works by this culturally significant artist. Seventy years since the creation of his first physique painting, discover Quaintance's masculine fantasy world, populated by Greek gods, Latin lovers, lusty cowboys and chiseled ranch hands. Accompanying pieces from photographer and gay magazine pioneer Bob Mizer, as well as from the legendary Tom of Finland, show Quaintance’s leading influence on the gay publishing and art scene.

World famous for books like Quaintance, and The Complete Reprint of Physique Pictorial, TASCHEN is also celebrated for its stunning Collector’s Editions. In the other half of the gallery every Collector’s Edition ever made is on display. From Baselitz in 1991 through to our most recent publications with Ai Weiwei, Annie Leibovitz, and the Rolling Stones, these monumental and limited edition books are the crème de la crème of our program. Conceived and curated in direct collaboration with the artists, they represent not only spectacular feats of print publishing, but also art investments in their own right. At once spectacular and intimate, Collector’s Editions offer unprecedented access to an artist’s archival material, portfolio, and personal reflections, and a landmark monument to their vision and oeuvre.

Click here to view the prints on display