George Platt Lynes

Born in 1907 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

George Platt Lynes was born in Orange, New Jersey, in 1907. He spent his childhood in New Jersey but went to the Berkshire School in Massachusetts. HIs parents sent him to Paris in 1925 to get him prepared for University. His life changes as he becomes friends with numerous artists of the time, such as Gertrude Stein. He goes back to the United States and wants to become a writer, but becomes passionate about photography.

George Platt Lynes was a brilliant craftsman a master of composition, whether in his portraits of famous people such as Thomas Mann, Igor Stravinsky and Gertrude Stein, or his stunningly vivid documentation of the New York City Ballet.

This skill and passion for his subjects made him enormously successful in the 30s and 40s, when he featured in all the leading fashion magazines of the day - Vogue, Harpers Bazaar and others. But Platt Lynes was also a myth-maker, with a photographic obsession that sadly remained unpublicised until after his death. Working with his male nude models, he was able to transcend time and place, simultaneously glancing back to Greek mythology and athleticism, and looking forward to the modern, urban eroticism of Robert Mapplethorpe and Bruce Weber.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2012
George Platt Lynes - Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City, NY

2011
George Platt Lynes - Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc., New York City, NY

2008
Vintage Ballet Photographs - Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2005
George Platt Lynes - Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, New York City, NY
Fashioning Celebrity: Photographs of George Platt Lynes - Harry Ransom Center, Austin, TX

2003
George Balanchine and his Dancers: The Ballet Photographs of George Platt Lynes - The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington, IN

1993
George Platt Lynes: photographs from the Kinsey Institute - Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York City, NY

1982
George Platt Lynes (1907–1955) – Photographien - Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main

1960
Portraits by George Platt Lynes - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

GROUP SHOWS

2014
Beyond Mapplethorpe: Selections from The Kinsey Institute - Grunwald Gallery of Art at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Lucie Rie and George Platt Lynes - Kendall Koppe, Glasgow, Scotland

2013
Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart: Collected by Julie Ault - Artists Space, New York City, NY
Human Shots - Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea, Milan
Suddenness + Certainty - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
21 Gay Street - Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON
Face Value: Portraits from The Kinsey Institute - The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington, IN

2012
Exhibition no.1 - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

2011
Creating A Queer Museum - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
An Intimate Circle - DC Moore Gallery, New York City, NY
Narcissus Reflected - Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

2010
Staff Picks 2010 - Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York City, NY
25 years/25 Works - Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, New York City, NY
Nature & Nurture: Exploring Human Reproduction from Pregnancy through Early Childhood - The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington, IN
Flirting with Bling - Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON
Revealed - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Revealed - The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art - Central Connecticut State University Art Galleries, New Britain, CT

2008
Pre-Revolutionary Queer: Gay Art and Culture Before Stonewall - The Kinsey Institute Gallery, Bloomington, IN
Sale - Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, New York City, NY
Vintage/Vantage - Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, New York City, NY

2007
MODE:BILDER - NRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, Dusseldorf
Classic Beauty: Part 2 Photographs of the Male Nude - Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc., New York City, NY
VIP - National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
Igor Strawinsky - ich muss die kunst anfassen - Museum der Moderne, Salzburg

2006
busy going crazy. the Sylvio Perlstein collection - La Maison Rouge, Paris
Beyond Real: Dressing Up - Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, NSW
American Icons - Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON

2005
20th Anniversary Show - Wessel + O'Connor Fine Art, New York City, NY
Beyond Real - Part 1 Dressing Up - Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, NSW
From the Source, Fashion Photographs - Corkin Gallery, Toronto, ON
Summer Skin - Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003
Herb Ritts Private Collection - Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Artseal Gallery PhotoSF Preview - Artseal Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Flesh Tones - 100 Years of the Nude - Robert Mann Gallery, New York City, NY

2002
Warhol Explicitly Queer - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Mirror, mirror, on the Wall - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

2001
The Muses - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY
Selections From The Permanent Collection - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

2000
9th Lesbian And Gay Photo Annual - Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, NY

1999
Figurescapes - Radiant Light Gallery, Portland, ME

1992
Classic Dualities: The Photographs of Len Prince taken at the Tampa Museum of Art - Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Figure/Form: The Nude in 20th Century Photography - Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1977
documenta 6 - Documenta, Kassel

1951
Abstraction in Photography - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1937
Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Photography 1839-1937 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

1932
Murals by American Painters and Photographers - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

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