This past weekend, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art gallery opened their newest exhibition, covering the works of George Platt Lynes. Over two dozen primarily male nudes are being featured, reaching back as far as 1941.
A New Jersey native, Lynes formation as an artist is rooted from his time in Paris. There, friends such as Gertrude Stein and Glenway Wescott opened his eyes to a new world, which he embraced and never looked back. Photography was never in his original plans, but once his work was exhibited it was inevitable for him to view it as a career.
Lynes may have only produced photographs for less than three decades yet he amassed quite the resume over the time. His fashion exploits including working for Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Magazines such as Town & Country and Vogue gave him commissions while George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet had him document the dance company.
Outside of his commissioned work, Lynes’ work in capturing the male nude was perhaps his most extensive and celebrated. Yet the Red Scare of the fifties and homophobia led him to carry out his work privately and, eventually, led to the destruction of much of the results. The Kinsey institute was one of the primary preservers of what people are able to see today. Lynes passed away from lung cancer in 1955, at the age of 48.
Wessel + O’Connor will be hosting the Lynes exhibition until January 11th.
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