Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux: Brooklyn Boys (NSFW)

Opened in December, “Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux: Brooklyn Boys” is still in exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery until January, 18th, in case you’re around NY and didn’t see it yet. It is Fitzgerald’s first exhibition. Included are 35 portraits and male nudes in both black and white and color. The exhibition is mounted in conjunction with the recently released book of the same title, so in case you missed it you can check the book at Bruno Gmünder.

“Throughout the 1960s, from his home in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Danny Fitzgerald (1921-2000) operated a studio under the name Les Demi Dieux with his partner and chief model Richard Bennett. Fitzgerald considered his models “demi-gods”: sublime, muscled beauties on the streets of Brooklyn, beaches of New Jersey, and woods of Pennsylvania. In the flesh, the Brooklyn boys were members of street gangs: greasers smoldering with bravado and swagger. They play cards, smoke cigarettes, and slouch against their Buicks. Occasionally they were photographed in Fitzgerald’s studio, where he shot elegant, sensual nudes.

The Brooklyn boys exist on a cusp between innocence and street savvy, boyhood and manhood, mortality and eternity. In a style redolent with both classicism and realism, Fitzgerald’s gritty yet gorgeous nudes surpass the clichés of standard “beefcake” photography.”

More information at Steven Kasher Gallery

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York


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NUDE (nsfw)

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

some other essays that made 2HeadS even better:

An Art Nude (NSFW)  
The Nude: Why? (NSFW)
Straight Thoughts on Nudes and Ostriches (NSFW)
A Sacred Erotica (NSFW)

Winds With the Sea Inside (NSFW)

“An Art Nude should bring the delicacy of the body and the force of its soul,
although it shall always bring the force of the same body and the delicacy of its own soul.
It only depends on the photographer the weight and light of each other,
and how a human can landscape its own essence of being. Nude.”

– Gonzalo Bénard

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

and an extra one: a contact sheet as we already talked about earlier on Diana Arbus.

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Danny Fitzgerald and Les Demi Dieux from the Collection of Robert Loncar and James Kempster, Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

NUDE, by ©Gonzalo Bénard

NUDE, by ©Gonzalo Bénard

January, 2014 by ©Gonzalo Bénard for 2HeadS
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