John Waters – Frontiers IN L. A. – TOM’s Book Mention

MODEL BEHAVIOR
by Gary M. Kramer

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photo by Greg Gorman

Waters’ house is clean, but cluttered. “I don’t think I’m a hoarder, but I’m not a minimalist, as you can see,” he cracks. Artwork lines every wall, and there are piles of books everywhere. He writes that he owns 8,089 titles, and one can’t help but notice the huge coffee table book of Tom of Finland prominently displayed.

 

(seated L to R) John Waters, Durk Dehner anf Greg Gorman with men at the TOM House in front of Robert Maplwthorp's portrait of TOM. (seated L to R) John Waters, Durk Dehner and Greg Gorman with men at the TOM House in front of Robert Maplethorp’s portrait of TOM. 
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Artist Marc DeBauch asks, “TOO EROTIC???!!!!!”

Hello Erotic Art Aficionados! Censorship is alive and well within the GLBT community.

MARC DEBAUCH (American), Mansweat, 2006, Oil on canvas, 12" x 9"
MARC DEBAUCH (American), Mansweat, 2006, Oil on canvas, 12″ x 9″

 I submitted the image Mansweat to the Twin Cities 2010 Pride Art Show and it was rejected because the jury found it “too erotic”.

The jury didn’t want to offend anyone that would visit the exhibition venue, The Art Institutes International Minnesota, a well known school for graphic design and culinary arts.

After speaking with several artists and friends I wrote the following email to Rob Anderson the coordinator of the 2010 PRIDE Art Show.

But it would be better if you could tell Rob Anderson, the Grand Marshal’s Reception & Pride Art Show Coordinator what you think about a gay pride festival censoring an image of a shirtless man.

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