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Brandon Herman in Los Angeles

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If you're in Los Angeles this weekend, I'd encourage you to stop by a photography show by our friend Brandon Herman.

Bh2_2The opening reception is on Saturday (the 8th) from 6-8 at the David Gallery in Culver City.

I've featured Brandon's work on the site before when he was showing in Brooklyn, and while they look good online, in person the saturated, oversized works literally glow.

The show runs through October 13 if you can't make it this weekend.

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  1. Wow. So much talent to take pictures of shirtless cute boys. How revolutionary.

    Posted by: SPOT | Sep 6, 2007 1:55:05 PM


  2. Those pictures look like some I saw on gay.com last night. His website actually has better pictures that are indicative of his talents. He has great lighting and atmospheric effects.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Sep 6, 2007 2:13:21 PM


  3. Would it matter? A cute boy is a cute boy, and "lighting effects" are irrelevant. Granted, I shouldn't hold the gay community to a higher standard than the "Maxim" straight community, but still. Why doesn't he go and shoot some of the 19 year old meth addicts with ruined faces and bodies, or maybe display his talents with some less than perfect bodies?

    It's like people who set sports records after having the best trainers, best equipment, and no other job. BFD. That's not talent. At best, it's technical expertise.

    Posted by: SPOT | Sep 6, 2007 2:45:49 PM


  4. You can always rely on Towleroad comments for immediate bitterness and negativity, whatever the subject. Well done.

    Posted by: John C | Sep 6, 2007 3:51:53 PM


  5. the conceptual artist Mike Kelly once said, "I don't expect people without some experience with or knowledge of contemporary art to understand what I do any more than I would expect myself to understand the blueprints for a skyscraper."
    Always easier to criticize than appreciate. If ya don't like it, don't look.

    Posted by: Bugboy | Sep 6, 2007 4:09:41 PM


  6. Gee...I guess Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, and others are talentless because they take pictures of naked (or semi-naked) men? How did we all get to be such valid art critics?? Brandon is exploring the world in which he lives...which happens to be urban, mostly white and pretty much gay. He chronicals the emerging sexuality and tension that creates. Twenty years ago such work could get a curator thrown in jail if you lived in Cincinnatti.....today those Mapplethorpe photographs fetch 100's of thousands of $$$$$$. Hmmmm. As for looking at artwork on line it never compares to seeing in real life. The print is everything....It's the difference between looking at porn or f@&*ing a porn star!

    Posted by: david | Sep 6, 2007 7:33:25 PM


  7. The appreciation of art, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Either you like it or you don't. I like Webber and Ritts and think Mapplethorpe is vulgar. That's my opinion, you may disagree. There may be an audience for this young man's photographs, but not with me. However, I see potential and with time and constructive criticism I'm sure his talent will grow.

    I'd like to see Towleroad promote more gay artists. I'd like to see some of Steve Walker's artwork shown. Walker is an excellent gay artist who captures gay love, friendship and life beautifully using a limited palette of color in oils/acrylic. A lot of Walker's paintings inspire me, some move me to tears. Other folks might not agree, and that's okay too.

    I may not have experience, or formal knowledge of art ( I never studied it in college), but if it gives me joy, if it stirs or awakens some emotion within me, that's all that matters to me.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 6, 2007 7:56:49 PM


  8. Bob,
    Very nice point. Mapplethorpe floral images are hardly vulgar and yet very seductive. So it is really in eye of the beholder. All art asks you to do is respond....As for Brandon - this is beyond a talented young man....a graduate of RISDE, before the age of 25 he has had major one person shows in big galleries in New York, Palm Beach and now Los Angeles. His work is collected by some major players and several institutions are interested as well. Andy was one of the first to notice his rising talent --- it may not be everyone's cup of tea...but you have to understand he is extremely gifted.

    Posted by: david | Sep 6, 2007 11:12:22 PM


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