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A Bidgood cover for the â€œfitnessâ€? magazine Muscleboy.
âž¤ JAMES BIDGOOD, from p.92 garde communities. Bidgood was in a parallel, yet more isolated universe, using similar tropes of early Hollywood and unabashed sexuality, though in a more insular way.â€? Rivera is correct about Bidgood always going his own way. I met him in the 1990s and he remained as feistily independent as he ever was, not at all one to play the self-marketing game essential to commercial artistic success. Far more than any contemporary artist or gallery, one of his main enthusiasms remained, as it was his whole life, the MGM musical spectacular â€œZiegfeld Girlâ€? (1941), and recalled his cherished paper dolls of that filmâ€™s stars, Hedy Lamarr, Lana Turner, and Judy Garland. (We bonded over that, because I firmly believe that my childhood TV sighting of Lamarr, in the â€œYou Stepped Out a Dreamâ€? number, draped in Adrian spangled white tulle with a headdress of quivering stars, turned me gay, instantly.) He was also working on an epic feaGayCityNews.nyc | June 27 - July 3, 2019
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A young James Bidgood.
ture, which, startlingly, would have nothing visual about it, being more of an aural drama, using several different actorsâ€™ voices as if they were the expressive, varying colors of a palette.â€™ JAMES BIDGOOD: REVERIES | Museum of Sex | 233 Fifth Ave. at 27th St. | Through Sep. 8: Sun.-Thu., 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10:30 a.m.-midnight | $20.50; $17.50 for students | museumofsex.com
Gay City News issue for Stonewall 50/ WorldPride, June 27, 2019