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Oneman Show: The Life of Bernard Perlin: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin

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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, inclu ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Bruno Gmuender
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Grady
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bernard Perlin - an extraordinary figure in 20th Century American art and gay cultural history

Chicago author Michael Schreiber’s contribution to the arts is significantly broad. He is a teacher, a writer, a curator, and regularly contributes to the popular blog This American House, which chronicles their adventures restoring their Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Iowa. ONE MAN SHOW is his debut book in which he chronicles the storied life, illustrious friends and lovers, and astounding adven
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Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin
1) I always find books like this fascinating as they give an in-depth into a person. For me it was a great read… and I know I’ll read it again.
2) Biography is hard to evaluate; this is a very good one, very lively due to pictures and sort of interview with the protagonist.
3) The art and historical background is AMAZING.
Alex
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Bernard Perlin is not only an inspiring artist, who is among one of many lost chapters in art history. But also living an audacious life in a time where being out led to horrific consequences. Schreiber's well-crafted storytelling through his ethnographic approach to better understand Perlin's work and the environment he was surrounded by, leaves you feeling that you were a part of Perlin's life. I recommend this book whether you are looking for another influential artist to spark your creativit ...more
willowdog
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was very surprised that I enjoyed this technique of the interview. Michael did a great job in providing the background information needed to enjoy this. No need for Wikipedia. Found life to be very interesting and telling of a gay man in the 40s—70s. Yes, it is a privileged existence, but so fascinating. Wonderfully published. The art is well presented.

Daniela W
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-maybe
(actual rating: 3.5)

I have never heard of Bernard Perlin before, so I was glad to get the chance to learn about his life.

First of all I know next to nothing about art. I can say whether I like it or not, but that's it. I think that is why I couldn't lose myself in this book - I lack the basics. So the beginning (which consists of different people telling facts about Bernard Perlin and his art were a little bit confusing and to be honest boring).

But then this biography really starts and I had fu
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Andrew
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I have a note from him that I keep because it's so heartbreaking – heartbreaking because it's as though I had a pound of roses and threw them away for thistle. I think he really loved me. I think I was the love of his life. And I think he was the love of my life. I loved him more than any of the three thousand men. Anyhow, another tangent in this gaudy thing called life."
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under estimated talent~~
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