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Peter Berlin, Wanted at ClampArt

Peter Berlin Shirtless
Photos By Gail

ClampArt Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit of homo-erotic self-portraits from the ’70s and ’80s by the infamous gay icon, Peter Berlin. The reason there are only two photos in this post is because these were two of the few in which Berlin’s very impressive junk is not fully on display.  Here is a bit of background on the photographer and model: in his 20s, Berlin worked as a celebrity portraitist for German television. Around this time, that he  began designing and sewing his own skin-tight clothing, which he would wear as he cruised the parks and train stations in Berlin, Rome, Paris, New York, and San Francisco.

Self Portrait in Black Leather
Self Portrait in Black Leather

After several long-term stays on the East Coast, Peter Berlin eventually moved to San Francisco in 1969, and became a fixture on the  streets with his signature look. He soon began producing films and starred in the now iconic Nights in Black Leather (1973), co-directed by Richard Abel. Berlin then produced, directed, and starred in That Boy the following year, and made four shorter films through the mid- to late-1970s, while publishing and selling his photographic self portraits. Peter Berlin was the subject of several Robert Mapplethorpe photographs, three drawings by Tom of Finland, and at least one portrait by Andy Warhol, attesting to his worldwide celebrity.

Still alive and well at age 73, Berlin was truly a vision to behold in his youth. If homoeroticism in your thing, don’t miss this exhibit. Alternatively if you are  into leather and the work it goes there will be a few big leather critics there, they review the top industrial sewing machines that can also be used to sew leather.

Peter Berlin’s Wanted will be on Exhibit Through October 10th, 2015 at ClampArt, Located at 531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.

Peter Berlin Signage

Must See Art: Cary Kwok’s Obsession at Flag Art Foundation

Although it opened way back in November, it took me until yesterday to get to the Flag Art Foundation to check out artist Cary Kwok’s latest show, Obsession – mainly because the gallery’s minimal hours have kept me from getting all the way over to West 25th Street and 11th Avenue on a week day. Thank god that Flag has Saturday hours, because I really would have hated to miss such a fantastic and unusual exhibit!

Cary Kwok is a London-based artist known for his creative, intricate drawings done in blue ballpoint pen. Obsession begins with a series of fashion sketches that highlight Kwok’s amazing talent for capturing the inimitable texture of complicated hairstyles, and the details and richness of his drawings are unbelievable. More than half of the drawings are Kwok’s glamor illustrations, but the exhibit also features a sizable number of his homoerotic drawings – including a collection of phalluses as well as iconic Superheroes shown in the throes of self-gratification – and these are really something to see.

The year is young, but Obsession is surely going to be among my favorite exhibits of 2011, and I’m adding Cary Kwok to my list of artists whose work I’ll be keeping an eye on. Obsession was curated by fashion designer Prabal Gurung, who did an impressive job of gathering so many works from privately owned collections. High fives all around on this one.

Cary Kwok’s Obsession is on Exhibit through January 29, 2011 at Flag Art Foundation, Located at 545 W 25th St, 9th floor (Just East of 11th Ave). Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, Noon to 5:00 PM.