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Bohemia, By Way of the Aristocrats
New York Times

By Robin Pogrebin

The artist Hernan Bas seized on the subject of the “Bright Young Things” generation after discovering a book about Stephen Tennant, a dandy figure of that Jazz Age period. The artist — who has long dealt with queer male themes — was particularly interested in accounts of those young, bohemian aristocrats suggesting that queerness was boyish charm rather than criminal aberrance.


His new show, “Bright Young Things,” now on view at the Lehmann Maupin gallery, draws on sources from classical still lifes, art deco motifs and early 20th-century artists like Cecil Beaton, Marie Laurencin and Nils von Dardel. Mr. Bas — who has experimented with materials from oil paint to Slim-Fast — here uses airbrush, wood block, acrylic, gold leaf and house paint.


Through April 23.