ABOUT THE ARTIST
Carlo Pittore (b. Charles Stanley, 1943-2005) was a prolific
painter and internationally renowned mail artist who lived
and worked in New York City, Southern Italy, and Bowdoinham,
Maine. Over the course of his 40-year career Pittore created
a prodigious body of work, adding his unique vision to the
American figurative tradition. A pioneer of the mail art movement
in the 1970s, he contributed pieces to over 1,000 mail art
exhibitions and corresponded with such mail art luminaries
as Buster Cleveland, Ray Johnson, and the iconic performance-artist,
writer and publisher Bern Porter.
Pittore’s work resides in numerous private and institutional
collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum
of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives
of American Art, the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete
and Visual Poetry, and the Portland Museum of Art.
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.