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Painted Love
George Towne
Michael Mut Gallery
97 Avenue C near 7th Street
Opening Reception: Wed., July 10th, 6-8pm
Contact: Michael Mut 212.677.7868
Hours: Wed–Fri 2–6PM, Sat noon–6PM some Sundays during the summer
“And you think love is to pray, but I’m sorry I don’t pray that way” – Marc Almond/Soft Cell
The show’s title, “Painted Love”, is a play on words alluding to the 1981 song “Tainted Love” sung by Soft Cell’s Marc Almond, which became a well-known Anthem for the Gay Community with lyrics like “I give you all a boy could give you”. The song also refers to ways of praying. For Towne, Painting has allowed him to develop spirituality around his art making process; he lights a candle that slowly burns as he works, and laying out his palette of color has become a devotional act for him, much like traditional prayer and meditation. The love of his process is carried through into his subject matter in Towne’s summer show at Michael Mut Gallery.

Touching Strangers
Richard Renaldi
Kickstarter Campaign
Since 2007, photographer Richard Renaldi has worked on a series of photographs for which he asks complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format 8-by-10 view camera, Renaldi encounters his subjects in towns and cities all over the United States. Be part of this project through kickstarter.

Just What Is It About Today's Homos that Makes Them So Different, So Appealing?
Joey Terrill
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Roberston Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
May 18 - August 25, 2013
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives presents Joey Terrill: Just What Is It About Today’s Homos That Makes Them So Different, So Appealing?, a retrospective exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based queer Chicano artist Joey Terrill covering five decades of the artist’s work including paintings, drawings and artist publications. Rooted in a commitment to social justice issues, Terrill’s work contests categories of Chicano and queer art and identity, consistently blurring the line between art, life, archive and activism. The works assembled in this exhibition point to multiple concerns in the artist’s work such as raising queer and Chicana/o consciousness, complicating forms of representation and identity, and exploring personal histories. Read about the exhibition in HIV+ Magazine: Exhibition on Homos, Homeboys and HIV.

Party Picks
Jimmy DeSana
Salon 94 Bowery
243 Bowery
Party Picks brings together a selection of DeSana’s photography from 1975 to 1987 that includes portraitsof a number of prominent figures of the downtown New York art and music scene, as well as an overview of his staged investigations of the limits of both photography and the human body.DeSana is well known for his subtle, yet deeply incisive portraiture that unearths the larger-than-life personalities of his sitters, a wide-ranging group of downtown musicians, underground filmmakers, and cultural icons such as William S. Burroughs, David Byrne, James Chance, Debbie Harry, Jack Smith, Laurie Anderson, and Yoko Ono.DeSana’s images are both unnerving and seductive.

El Hombre De Los Zapatos Rojos
Carlos Vanegas
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A new book from photographer and writer Carlos Vanegas.

George Towne

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Richard Renaldi