New York based artist Mark Beard has devoted the last two decades to exploring and collecting the work of Bruce Sargeant (1898 – 1938), a little-known painter who idealised and celebrated the beauty of the male form. Just like we do at Boner, kind of.

Sargeant’s life was cut short in a tragic wrestling accident. Who knows where his career would have taken him had fate chosen a different path.

Abercrombie & Fitch

You may not have heard of him at all, but you may have been lucky enough to see some of his art as it’s featured throughout Abercrombie & Fitch’s flagship stores worldwide. These installations of Sargeant’s work continues to speak to contemporary audiences all over the world.

If you haven’t seen any of his work before and you’re in Berlin or visiting this summer, the exhibition opens here, tomorrow night (Thursday 11th April) and runs to the 8th June.

This exhibition curated by Mark Beard, presents a selection of works which celebrate the male form and the artistic tradition of the human figure. A great idea for a first date maybe? Or something ‘cultural’ that’s a ton more appealing to the eye than a traditional dusty gallery full of still life wilted flowers and skanky apples.

Classical tones and gorgeous guys

His subtly-toned oil paintings of young men at sport and leisure are reminiscent of classic figure painting, highlighting his beaux art training, they have a gentle elegance and subtle sexuality that gives them a unique, timeless feel.

A foreword by Thomas Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum, appropriately places Sargeant in the pantheon of twentieth-century figure painters, and the afterword by W.M. Hunt draws favourable parallels between Sargeant’s glorification of the male body and the work of photographers Herb Ritts and Bruce Weber, among others.

There are some links to those names if you’re not an art buff and haven’t got a clue. Anyway, you can see a selection of the painting right here on this page. They speak for themselves.

The exhibition runs from the 11th April until the 8th June 2019.

The Vernissage is being held on 11th April, from 7pm until 9pm.

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