Michael Harwood

b.1946

Born and based in New York City, Michael Harwood has been an exhibiting artist since the mid-1970s.  His satiric, semi-pornographic collages were shown at Group Material in 1981.  A youthful involvement with photography was revived in 1980, when a hunky muse inspired him to start shooting again and to make his first photos of naked men.. For this work Harwood has developed a signature style, based on concepts and practices he absorbed in his 20s while training for a life in the theater. He found that like theater, photography operates in the slippery zone where art and life converge - whether in the studio or out in the world.  Going beyond the scope of photographic processes, Harwood creates diptychs, in which new meanings and pictorial complexities arise from the juxtaposition of two compatible images.

Exhibits:  Leslie+Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; National Arts Club; Hebrew Union College Museum; Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design; Menschel Photography Gallery at Syracuse University; Art Resources Transfer; ClampArt; Tom of Finland Clothing; Emulsion Lab; Barber Bart...

Publications:  Self-Exposure: The Male Nude Self-Portrait, Reed Massengill, ed.; Treasures of Gay Art from the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, Peter Weiermair, ed.; The James White Review...

Collections:  Leslie+Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art; The Libraries of Cornell University...

Teaching:  Guest Artist and Teaching Assistant, International Center for Photography

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