Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Bruce Sargeant and His Circle: Figure and Form



With his paintings of undressing athletes hanging in numerous Abercrombie & Fitch flagship stores across the world, Bruce Sargeant (who died in 1938 from a 'tragic wrestling accident' at the young age of 40) finally gets his due with the 2010 Chronicle Books release, Bruce Sargeant and His Circle: Figure and Form.



The imaginary Bruce Sargeant is actually one of the many alter egos of artist Mark Beard, who envisioned Bruce as his gay great-uncle. A homoerotic masterpiece with a twist, the book features the work of Bruce and his close circle (all alter egos of Mark Beard): Bruce's Classicist teacher Hippolyte-Alexandre Michallon, his Modernist lesbian best friend Edith Thayer Cromwell, and Abstract Expressionist art-school rival Brechtholdt Streeruwitz.



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