James Bidgood

Fixation

from: 01.01.1970

James Bidgood was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1933. In the late 50s Bidgood has attended the Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has been working with different media and in different artistic fields such as window dressing, photography, film making, music, costume design and drag performances.

Bidgood’s themes are eroticism, glamour, identity, desire and marginality. His aesthetics are influenced by camp, anachronism and exaggeration. Expertly, Bidgood uses various sources to create an original and colorful imagery. Many of his films were set up and shot in his tiny apartment; in his avant-garde movies James Bidgood mixed Greek Mythology, homages to the youthful male body and heavily colored and glamour film photography, such as those made while producing and filming his famed homoerotic masterpiece “Pink Narcissus,” 1965-1971.

James Bidgood’s work was presented in SomoS’ October 2015 Fixation group show on the nude body in art cinema, with the support of Clampart Gallery New York City.

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Education

1957-60 Parsons School of Design, New York City, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015 James Bidgood, Galerie Koll and Friends, Berlin
2008 James Bidgood, Galerie du Passage, Paris
2007 Photographs of Bobby Kendall, Larry Collins Fine Art, Provincetown, Massachusetts
2007 ClampArt, New York City
2006 Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas
2002 Manu Arregui – Sticky Bacon, Galeria Espacio Minimo, Madrid, Spain
2001 Paul Morris Gallery, New York City
2001 Galeria Maraeini, Bologna, Italy
2001 Schoolhouse Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts

Selected Group Exhibitions

2015 Fixation, SomoS, Berlin
2015 James Bidgood & John Maybury, Galleria Lorcan O’Neill Roma, Rome, two-person show
2014 The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History, ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, University of Southern California, West Hollywood, California, curated by Jonathan David Katz
2014 The Classical Nude and the Making of Queer History, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City, curated by Jonathan David Katz
2014 Permanency: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City
2013 Polari, True Love Gallery, Seattle, curated by Steven Miller
2013 Masculine/Masculine. The Nude Man in Art from 1800 to the Present Day, Musée d’Orsay, Paris
2012 Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, Tacoma Art Museum, Washington
2012 Summer Camp, Schroeder Romero & Shredder, New York City
2011 Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, The National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, curated by Jonathan David Katz and David C. Ward
2011 Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
2010 Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art, CCSU Art Galleries (Central Connecticut State University), New Britain, Connecticut, curated by Robert Diamond
2010 Revealed: The Tradition of Male Homoerotic Art, Leslie Lohman Gallery, New York
2009 Arcadia, ClampArt, New York City
2009 MY CAMP, Dollinger Art Projects and Inga Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel, curated by Liav Mizrahi
2007 M%, Cleveland, Ohio
2007 The Male Gaze, powerHouse Arena, New York City
2007 Liberté Fraternité Diversité, Milan, curated by Alessandro Riva and Eugenio Viola
2005 ExitArt, New York City
2003 Como si nada, Fundació Foto Colectiania, Barcelona, Spain
2000 Because Sex Sells, Nikolai Fine Art, New York City

Awards

2005 Creative Capital Grant, New York City Honored artist, Spring benefit, Exit Art, New York City
1960 Gold Thimble, Norman Norell Award, Parsons School of Design, New York City
1959 Silver Thimble, John Moore Award, Parsons School of Design, New York City
1959 Silver Thimble, Mona Roset Award, Parsons School of Design, New York City
1950 Dramatic Achievement, Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin
1947 Helen Mears Art Award, Madison Women’s Club, Madison, Wisconsin

Collections

Tate Modern, London
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
21c Museum, Louisville, Kentucky
The Sir Elton John Photography Collection, Atlanta, Georgia
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York City
Yale University, Beinecke Library, New Haven, Connecticut (pending)

Selected Bibliography

The Young Physique (August – September 1964), Vol. 6, No. 1
The Young Physique (October – November 1964), Vol. 6, No. 2
The Young Physique (April – May 1965), Vol. 6, No. 4
Mark D. Jordan, Blessing Same-Sex Unions (University of Chicago Press, 2005) Muscleboy (April – May 1965), Vol. 2, No. 3
Muscleboy (August – September 1965), Vol. 2, No. 5
The Young Physique (January – February 1966), Vol. 7, No. 1
The Young Physique (May – June 1966), Vol. 7, No. 3
Film and Filming (February 1973)
The Village Voice (June 22-8, 2005)