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The Young and Evil


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Jarrett Earnest is a writer and artist living in New York City. He is the author of What it Means to Write About Art: Interviews with art critics (2018) and editor of Hot, Cold, Heavy, Light: 100 Art Writings 1988-2018 by Peter Schjeldahl (2019). He also coedited the volumes Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail (2017) and For Bill, Anything: Images and Text for Bill Berkson (2015). His writing has appeared in many publications and exhibition catalogues around the world. Ann Reynolds teaches modern and contemporary art history and women's and gender studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Robert Smithson: Learning from New Jersey and Elsewhere (2003) and is currently completing a book entitled In Our Time, a history of intergenerational relationships among New York artists circa 1940 to 1970 that were shaped by shared, if heterogeneous, commitments to surrealism and its legacy, primarily through a love of film. Kenneth E. Silver is professor of art history at New York University. He received a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and an American Council of Learned Societies Grant. He was a Getty Research Institute Visiting Scholar and a Mellon-Getty Fellow at The Phillips Collection. Silver is a contributing editor of Art in America. He is the author of numerous books and exhibition catalogues and has curated exhibitions internationally. In recognition of his contributions to the dissemination of the art and culture of France, Silver was named a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in the spring of 2010. Michael Schreiber is a teacher and writer based in Chicago. His first book, One-Man Show: The Life and Art of Bernard Perlin (2016), was named a 2017 Stonewall Honor Book, 2018 Rainbow Book List Selection by the American Library Association, and won the A. C. Katt Award for Best Debut Gay Book. It is currently being adapted into a feature-length documentary by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Andrew Fredericks. As curator for the estate of Bernard Perlin, Schreiber has organized several exhibitions of the artist's work. He is also working on a book about Alexander Jensen Yow and other members of the intimate circle depicted in The Young and Evil.


"The highly associative and intimate collection of images published in The Young and Evil provides a glimpse into the world of these queer moderns... An elusive group of artists is given shape by the paintings, photographs and publications they made - works that are centred on the body, saturated with eroticism, and deserve further investigation."--Thomas Powell "Apollo"
"The Young and Evil is a museum-quality exhibition of renegade artists who claimed the radical beauty of their queer love."--Daniel Larkin "Hyperallergic"
"During the first half of the 20th century, when homosexuality was a crime, the act of even depicting it could land an artist jail time...The Young and the Evil explores the network of artists behind this complex movement, including Paul Cadmus, Jared French, George Platt Lynes and Pavel Tchelitchew."--Miss Rosen "Huck Magazine"

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