The End is Near
The End Is Near

Extreme Canvas
Extreme Canvas

Gary Lee Boas: New York Sex 1979-1985

From the late 70s through the early 80s, Gary Lee Boas (Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan, Dilettante Press) spent much of his time in New York City, obsessively photographing famous people and collecting autographs. Boas’ “off” time, however, was consumed in the strip joints, bath houses and sex clubs flourishing on 42nd Street and in downtown Manhattan. As a fan and voyeur, Boas documented the local dancers, porn stars, street hustlers, ordinary individuals and the most celebrated sex personalities of the era.

Hedi El Kholti partnered with Mennour Editions in Paris to produce the 240-page deluxe monograph of Boas’ photographs titled Gary Lee Boas: New York Sex 1979-1985. The book presents these images accompanied by Boas’ detailed personal accounts of the times and people he encountered. Together they reveal an astonishing and intensely personal document of post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS urban American sexuality.

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Art from the Lodge Hall

Members of secret societies and fraternal organizations such as the Freemasons, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias have produced some of the most mysterious and elusive art in America. Bruce and Julie Webb, long-time collectors of lodge art, recently mounted an extraordinary exhibition at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas. Dilettante presents an on-line gallery of images and a brief history of American Fraternal art, written by Bruce Webb. Photographs by Tom Huckabee.

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Christine Sefolosha's Wild Beasts

A signed, limited edition catalogue of "End Is Near!" artist Christine SefoloshaÃs work is now available through Dilettante Press. The catalogue features essays by Roger Cardinal and Roger Manley, and photographs by Mario del Curto. Dilettante presents a selected gallery of images from SefoloshaÃs new work as well as the full text from the Cardinal and Manley essays.

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Extreme Islam: Anti-American Propaganda Art

Illustrated, anti-Western propaganda is the pop art of the Middle East--plastered onto postage stamps, money, periodicals and village walls. Adam Parfrey's recent book, Extreme Islam: Anti-America Propaganda of Muslim Fundamentalism (Feral House), allows the voices of Islamic militancy to speak for themselves, featuring essays, interviews, poems, and a collection of images nearly impossible to find in the western world. Dilettante Press presents a full-color online gallery of selected images, as well as a review of the book by Blag Dahlia.

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Gary Lee Boas New York Sex Photos Debut in Paris

Gary Lee Boas' one-man photo exhibition for Gary Lee Boas: New York Sex 1979-1985, opened in December at Kamel Mennour Gallery in Paris to excellent reviews and a write-up in Le Monde. Dilettante Hedi El Kholti curated the show.

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Next month, Dilettante will present paintings, essays, interviews and photographs of the reclusive apocalyptic painter Frank Bruno of Douglas, Arizona. Many of these master works have never been published, and Dilettante Press will be the first to present them to you on the web.

Also: Images from Feral House's new book It's a Man's World, artworks from Los Angeles' Perkins Hearnley, and Gary Lee Boas' tribute to Kathryn Hepburn. Keep checking back for more additions...

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