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Courtney Charles brings The Jetsons to ARTGAYSEL 21, Miami’s Queerest ArtFair

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NY queer photographer Courtney Charles is seemingly a man with obsessions. Last time we met his portfolio was full of Ken & Barbie photos, now he has an equally stunning collection of work based around The Jetsons. He was launching this at #ArtGaysel Miami’s Queerest Art Show curated by Alexander Guerra at Hotel Gaythering when we caught up to talk with him again

https://www.gaythering.com/artgaysel.

 



Melissa Wilkinson aka Wilky makes her debut at ART GAYSEL

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Melissa Wilkinson is a lesbian watercolorist focusing primarily on the body as her subject. She has shown in various galleries nationally and internationally including South Korea and India and has won numerous awards throughout her career. She has won several fellowships and grants including the Arkansas Arts Council Fellowship in Painting in 2012 and a Middle East Travel Grant in 2016 to perform research throughout Israel.  She is represented currently at OnCenter Gallery in Provincetown, MA., and is making her debut appearance (as the sole queer woman) at Art Gaysel, Miami’s Queerest ArtFair curated by Alex Guerra at Hotel Gaythering.

Sh’s talking with Queerguru on the eve of the Fair’s Opening.  The interview with Roger Walker-Dack was filmed by Dan Desjardins 



Brit queer renaissance man NEIL BARTLETT talks about his latest novel ADDRESS BOOK

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Neil Bartlett is a queer renaissance man.  Director, performer, translator, and writer etc.  His art has collected many Awards  (including The Perrier, Time Out Dance and Theatre Awards, Writers Guild and even more admirers.  Even HM The Queen honored him with an OBE.

Of all of his talents and achievements, it’s as a chronicler of queer history that makes Bartlett a hero in Queerguru’s eyes.  From his splendid first book Who Was That Man, which showed how the gay history of London in the 1890s affected Bartlett’s life as a gay man in London in the 1980s  to his latest novel Address Book.

His passionate interest in how our past has shaped our queer present and future is such a sheer joy. So we jumped at the opportunity to talk to him about this on the eve of the publishing of Address Book by Inkandescent 

 

https://www.neil-bartlett.com/

https://www.inkandescent.co.uk



More of London in the Swinging Sixties

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As a follow-up to Queerguru’s recent review of the Beautiful People: The Boutique in the 1960s Counter Culture Exhibit in London, we were sent this wonderful wee 8-minute video from 1967.

Although this may seem like the distant past before many of you were not even born, the significance and the major global impact of that time greatly affected  and help shape art, music and fashions of today 

The Swinging Sixties was the first-ever youth-driven cultural revolution and it focused on modernity and fun-loving hedonism.  It took place in London where surprisingly even 15 years after WW2 had ended, there was still an element of official rationing in place.  The new youth were desperate to escape the confines and old-fashioned tastes and attitudes of their parents and were very quick to embrace ideas and styles that were the total opposite.

It was all symbolized by The Beatles in music, Mary Quant and Biba in clothes with iconic figureheads such as Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton in style. Plus fashion was no longer ‘a girls thing’ and the most fashionable boys became Mods.

However It wasn’t all about how the new generation looked, it was also about how they thought.  This  was the time for the political activism of the anti-nuclear movement, and sexual liberation which would eventually lead to the decriminalization  of homosexuality in 1969 

The video has no real narrative but is so worth watching as it shows that in London at least the Swinging Sixties affected more than a few.  It was a great class leveler when shop girls wore the same new fashions as debutantes which made it a very rare class leveler.



Fiona Goodwin reads from her book A VERY BRITISH LESBIAN

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Fiona Goodwin A VERY BRITISH LESBIAN has just left town after her sold-out run at Pilgrim House during Provincetown Women’s Week BUT she left behind copies of her hilarious new book (with the same title) at East End Books Ptown plus BookStore owner Jeff G. Peters filmed Fiona’s Book Reading that took place on the beach last week

 

P.S. You may also like to check out  Queerguru’s interview with Fiona …

 

Fiona Goodwin : A Very British Lesbian

 

 



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