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Artist Spotlight

As art holds an essential place in the LGBT community, The Advocate strives to shine a light on the work of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender artists who are moving the cultural needle within the artists spotlight section. Discover slideshows from gay art openings across the world with mediums that range from photographs, to oils, to sculpture, and more. Read interviews and profiles of contemporary artists who portray LGBT history, sex, culture, and politics within their works. Browse through the artist spotlight and other sections that celebrate gay culture.

Taylor Dayne Talks Cancer Diagnosis & Love for the LGBTQ+ Community

The longtime ally is encouraging everyone to regularly visit their doctor.

11 Homoerotic Ads, Covers From 20th Century Gay Artist J.C. Leyendecker

Leyendecker's queer aesthetic pre-dated both Norman Rockwell and Tom of Finland and helped shape modern America.

Meet Queer Multi-Talented TikTok Star Brooklynne Webb

She has over 10 million followers, is a recording artist and an advocate for body positivity, and she's only just begun

Artist Spotlight: Kent Monkman

Monkman uses painting, sculpture, video, and awesome drag to settle a few scores. His work is hilarious and chilling all at once.

8 Emerging Queer Artists Who Are Giving Us Life

From jazz and blues to pop and folk, these young LGBTQ artists are breaking ground across an ever-changing landscape. And they've only just begun. 

40 Hairy Hunks, Drag Queens, and Close Friends by Darren Ankenbauer

Darren Ankenbauer keeps it simple and lets his subjects tell the story. And the story is pretty great.

46 Floating, Naked Men in David Jester's Paintings

Jester's magical explorations of the effects of light and water on men's flesh have an anti-gravitational euphoria.

49 Furry Haunched Fauns and Wild Boys From Todd Yeager

Todd Yeager's beautifully rendered night creatures and lost boys seduce us into his fantasy world. Peter Pan would approve.

50 Homoerotic Portraits of Hypermasculinity by Woo Dun

Woo Dun's work focuses on masculinity from the sensual to the brutal. 

Ocean's 8 Has Best Debut of Entire Series

"Ocean’s 8,” the Sandra Bullock-led, all-female spinoff of “Ocean’s Eleven” has opened to $41.5 million from 4,145 screens.

Rose McGowan Shows Her Sadness Over Anthony Bourdain's Suicide

The actress mourns the loss of her friend Anthony Bourdain.

Dolly Parton's Songs Will Become Netflix Specials

The icon will turn eight of her hits into television episodes, and appear in some of them.

Kurt Walters Creates Male Beauty Stroke by Stroke (Art)

Walters has a strong interest in allegorical figures and mythology.

Men and Memories: The Aqueous Beauty of Gabriel Garbow (Art)

In delicate, transparent color, Garbow imbues his art with the emotion of memory.

57 Super Sex-Charged Drawings by Russian Artist Ivan Bubentcov

Ivan's drawings are of "ordinary Russian guys ... in a bar, at a construction site, in a forest and, of course, in a Russian bathhouse."

50 Sweet and Not So Innocent Drawings by Martin Bedolla

Keeping his sad-eyed drawings small in scale enables Martin to have a more intimate relationship with his art.

Cynthia Nixon Makes It Official: She's Running for Gov. of NY

The out Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy award-winning actress will face Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary in September. 

Artist Joe Radoccia Gets Restless (Art)

“I sometimes think I look like three different artists living in a single body.”

He Comes In Colors (Art & Photos)

Young artist Tony Devoney is in a polyamorous relationship with the paint, the color, and the canvas.