Bernard Perlin, The Bar (1957)

Book Club #35: One-Man Show, The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin by Michael Schreiber

A KALTBLUT FAVORITE! Bernard Perlin was an extraordinary figure in 20th century American art and gay cultural history, an acclaimed artist and sexual renegade who reveled in pushing social, political, and artistic boundaries. His work regularly appeared in popular magazines of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s; was collected by Rockefellers, Whitneys, and Astors; and was acquired by major museums, including the Smithsonian, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate Modern.

Bernard Perlin Orthodox Boys (1948) (Tate-Modern, London)

He moved in the upper echelons of New York gay society, counting among his most intimate companions George Platt Lynes, Lincoln Kirstein, Glenway Wescott, Paul Cadmus, Jared French, George Tooker, Truman Capote, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Jerome Robbins.

Bernard Perlin Greek Guerillas (1944)
Bernard Perlin Rickshaw Driver, Shanghai (1945)

In One-Man Show, Michael Schreiber chronicles the storied life, illustrious friends and lovers, and astounding escapades of Bernard Perlin through no holds barred interviews with the artist, candid excerpts from Perlin’s unpublished memoirs, never-before-seen photos, and an extensive selection of Bernard Perlin’s incredible public and private art. Buy the book here

Bernard Perlin in his studio, July 2013


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