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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
March 13 - April 21, 2007
New York, NY

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
presents:
Stations: A Gay Passion
A series of paintings by Delmas Howe

Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 13, 6 - 9 PM

AN EVENING WITH DELMAS HOWE
Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 7 - 9 PM at the Leslie/Lohman Gallery, Free

THE TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES OF DELMAS HOWE
Tuesday, March 27, 7 PM — $7 suggested donation
A screening of the film about Delmas Howe
and his relationship with the town in which he lives.

This series of paintings, Stations: A Gay Passion, loosely references the biblical stations of the cross, but is set on the “sex piers” of New York City in the 1970s and early 1980s and depict the gay milieu of an era long gone — but remembered as a mythic time of heroism and theater of homosexual desire. The series of paintings celebrate the male body at the height of “gay liberation” and also memorializes the many gay men lost to AIDS as we are reminded of the prejudice and ignorance still rampant in our lives today.

Delmas Howe was born in 1935 in El Paso, Texas and raised in Truth-Or-Consequences, New Mexico. He graduated from Yale, served in the U.S. Air Force, studied at New York’s Art Students League, and at the School of Visual Arts. He has taught both privately and at the university level and, for several years, had a successful career as a muralist in New York City and in Amarillo, Texas.
Growing up in a place where cowboys were part and parcel of daily life they remained a powerful influence. Particularly so in a remarkable series of paintings from the mid-1970s titled, A Panhandle Pantheon, in which the artist conflated handsome cowboys, bronco busters, and sturdy ranchers with the ancient Greek gods.

Although he had been emerging as an important artist for some time, Howe gained far broader notice when the art critic and writer, Edward Lucie-Smith, discovered his “cowboy” painting, The Three Graces, at a 1978 exhibition at the Leslie/Lohman Gallery in New York. The Three Graces eventually adorned the cover of the British arts journal, Art and Artists (December 1979) and is now in the collection of the British Museum. In 1993 Howe’s partner died of AIDS. Fleeing to Europe, in a paroxysm of grief and rage, he haunted ancient churches whose walls were covered with images of tortured male flesh. But the church, where one should have been able to find comfort, and the state, where one should have been able to find help, simply declared a war of hate on Delmas and his kind.

Stations: A Gay Passion, is his response.

Since the time of the “Panhandle” series the artist’s work has been seen in American and European museums and is in numerous international collections. He is also the recipient of several arts awards including, most recently, the New Mexico Governor’s Award for the Arts.

Being unflinchingly true to himself, Delmas continues to live his life in a maelstrom of controversy. Just one example: a Howe painting had to be removed from a show in a Texas museum because important donors threatened to terminate their support if the work was not expunged from the exhibition. Undaunted, Delmas has soldiered on producing ever more powerful works.

The critic Edward Lucie-Smith states that Howe, “belongs to a new species of polemical avant- garde.” That is most certainly true. But beyond that — Delmas is not only a great artist, but also, for doing what he does, one of our true heroes.

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, established in 1990, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the awareness and appreciation of GLBTQ art that may not be exhibited due to prejudice and ignorance. Since its inception the Foundation’s gallery has presented over 200 exhibitions including hundreds of gay and lesbian artists whose work represents the fundamental view that “gay art” does exist and that the “gay/lesbian” artist has contributed immeasurably to our visual culture from prehistoric to ancient Greece to the contemporary era.

The Foundation has a considerable permanent collection of art, including, Andy Warhol, Duncan Grant, Delmas Howe, Jean Cocteau, Deni Ponty, Sonia Melara, Cassandra, Marsden Hartley, Horst, Bastille, Blade, Tom of Finland, Michael Kirwan, and many more.

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 6 PM
Closed on major holidays and between shows.

26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013 · Map · 212.431.2609

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Website

Delmas Howe Website

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"My drawings are primarily meant for guys who may have experienced misunderstanding and oppression and feel that they have somehow failed in their lives. I want to encourage them. I want to encourage this minority group, to tell them not to give up, to think positively about their act and whole being." (1990) — Tom of Finland