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Intimate Companions: A Triography of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus, Lincoln Kirstein, and Their Circle

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Photographer George Platt Lynes, painter Paul Cadmus, and critic Lincoln Kirstein played a major role in creating the institutions of the American art world from the late 1920s to the early 1950s. The three created a remarkable world of gay aesthetics and desire in art with the help of their overlapping circle of friends, lovers, and collaborators.

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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published April 22nd 2000 by St. Martin's Press
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Jesse
May 16, 2011 Jesse rated it liked it
It's almost fail-proof material: the fascinating criss-crossing connections—both professionally and personally—of the queer* men whose art and dedication to artistic ideals not only helped establish, in the words of cover synopsis, "a world of gay aesthetics and desire in art that was groundbreaking at the time and remarkable even today," but left an indelible mark on 20th century American art and culture in general. Though the (loooong) title indicates the three figures Leddick specifically foc ...more
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Jan 27, 2015 Rj rated it liked it
While the subject is fascinating, Leddick's style, structure and overall approach makes the book a difficult read. He builds each chapter around his own encounters with this intimate circle and indeed most of the book is filled with salacious details about the sexual activities of mid-20th-century gay men and their coterie. This is an important part of gay, lesbian and queer history, made more important by the impact of these artists and their works on modern gay and queer culture. But Leddick's ...more
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Sep 16, 2012 Sketchbook rated it liked it
Wanna get between the sheets and poke into snazzy, sassy
whatchims for hilarity about American arts (forget a serious
study) and some of the bedtime players?

A socio-sexual bio, covering dance, music, photography, of
always horny George Platt Lynes, Lincoln Kirstein, Paul
Cadmus and how they interacted w Glenway Westcott, Monroe
Wheeler, Katherine Anne Porter, Virgil Thomson, heiress
Barbara Harrison, thespian Ruth Ford and her brud's lover,
Pavel Tchelitchev, fashion model Laurie Douglas, Isherwood
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David Leddick is the author of several novels as well as several highly-regarded art photography books. His novels include "My Worst Date," "Never Eat In," "The Sex Squad," "The Handsomest Man in the World," and his art compilations include "The Male Nude", "Secrets of the Chorus" which was mounted in a concert production in 2003 and is at work on two other musicals. Leddick was formerly worldwide ...more
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