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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
November 23, 2010 - January 15, 2011
New York, NY

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
presents:
Carlo Pittore
Curated by Jonathan D. Katz


CARLO PITTORE (1943 - 2005)
Kneeling Nude, 1985
Oil on linen, 30 x 24", $4,000

Prior to his forthcoming exhibition in November of this year, the LLGAF is making available a select group of Carlo Pittore's work at well below their list prices. While celebrated in his native Maine, Pittore is virtually unknown in New York and we are thrilled to have been chosen by the Carlo Pittore Foundation to present his New York premier. The sale of these works will help defray the costs of the forthcoming large exhibition, which will solidify his reputation as a foremost contemporary painter of the nude. If you are interested in any of these works, please call the gallery for the discounted price, which we have agreed not to publish. At the subsequent large scale exhibition of Pittore's work, everything will be available only at list price.

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation is proud to announce a November 2010 solo exhibition of the work of artist Carlo Pittore. Celebrated in his native Maine, Pittore is little known in the New York art world, an oversight we hope this exhibition will correct.

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.

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

Carlo Pittore Exhibition Preview Page
Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Website

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MONEY
“…I named what I thought was an enormous sum. Without blinking an eye, he gathered up my life work and handed me the amount I asked for: $70… I didn’t expect more. Remember that homosexuality was forbidden in most of the Western world; so all those businesses were illegal, black market. I knew that they wouldn’t have paid me more anyway — or so I believed then.”
— Tom of Finland