Alexa Meade is a 23 year old D.C. based artist who is developing an aesthetic that is playfully and skillfully combining paint, portraiture, photography and performance. The finalized work is one that is beautifully engaging, temporary and colorfully alive. The initial experience feels a touch kitchy with it’s aesthetic trickery but once past understanding the illusion the work is quite alluring
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture
Traces the defining presence of same-sex desire in American portraiture through a seductive selection of more than 140 full-color illustrations, drawings, and portraits from leading American artists. Arcing from the turn of the twentieth century, through the emergence of the modern gay liberation movement in 1969, the tragedies of the AIDS epidemic, and to the present, Hide/Seek openly considers what has long been suppressed or tacitly ignored, even by the most progressive sectors of our society: the influence of gay and lesbian artists in creating American modernism.
Bringing together for the first time new scholarship in the history of American sexuality and new research in American portraiture, Hide/Seek charts the heretofore hidden impact of gay and lesbian artists on American art and portraiture and creates the basis for the necessary reassessment of the careers of major American artists—both gay and straight—as well as of portraiture itself. Hardcover; 296 pages with 140 color illustrations. 12.4”l. x 9.3”w.
Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, is the companion volume to an exhibition of the same name at the National Portrait Gallery.
Anton Corbijn is 6ft 7in tall – a great advantage when you are photographing rock bands playing live. Born in Holland, he went on to be the official photographer for U2. Now a great film-maker, he made the Joy Division biopic Control and The American, released last weekend. He got bored covering bands at gigs and became a portrait photographer, taking many risks with his hand-held Hasselblad camera. This portrait of John Lee Hooker, the blues guitarist, has no face but says so much about the hard life Hooker had.