The Art Was Young and Gay
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Published in: July-August 2006 issue.


Between You and MeBetween You and Me: Queer Disclosures
in the New York Art World, 1948-1963

by Gavin Butt
Duke University Press.
232 pages, $21.95 (paper)


GAVIN BUTT’S BACKSTAGE exposé of the New York art world of the 1950’s careens between artsy jargon and artsy gossip. He rather defensively lays out his thesis in a lengthy introduction peppered with breathless 55-word sentences stating his themes. Doubtless the author is on his guard because he incorporates hearsay, rumor, and urban legend into dissection of this pivotal post-World War II Manhattan subculture.

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