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PHOTOS: A Luke Smalley Retrospective

PHOTOS: A Luke Smalley Retrospective


Droll, witty, and tensely erotic, Smalley's work takes place in an invented time and space, like one you dreamed of when you were young.

There is something so enjoyable and likable about Luke Smalley's work, that it only emphasizes the early loss of his talent. Inspired by school athletics and high school yearbook photos, Smalley takes the gay male gaze past the closet-y subterfuges of Bruce Weber and into a more analytic perception of youth, male ritual, and sexuality.

After Smalley died unexpectedly in 2009 at the age of 53, the Smalley Partnership was formed for the purpose of continuing Luke Smalley's photographic legacy. The art gallery ClampArt, in the Chelsea district of New York City, currently represents the efforts of the Smalley Partnership.

ClampArt is currently presenting a retrospective exhibition of photographs by Luke Smalley ongoing until May 9. The show includes examples from Smalley's first black-and-white series, "Gymnasium," in addition to his two color collections--"Exercise at Home" and "Sunday Drive."

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Luke-smalley-01_0Laundry, 2008

Luke-smalley-02_0Untitled (Floor Cleaning), 2008

Luke-smalley-03_0Untitled (Tattooing), 2008

Luke-smalley-04_01st Year Anniversary, 2008

Luke-smalley-05_0_0Now What?, 2008

Luke-smalley-06_0Sit-Up, 2007

Luke-smalley-07_0Push Ball, 2007

Luke-smalley-08_0Laps, 2007

Luke-smalley-09_0Tug of War, 2007

Luke-smalley-10_0Boating Instruction, 2007

Luke-smalley-12_0Cyclists, 1996

Luke-smalley-13_0Rowing Machine, 1999

Luke-smalley-14_0Parlor Wrestling, 1996

Luke-smalley-11_0Tug of War, 2000

Luke-smalley-16_0Portrait, 1999

Luke-smalley-17_0Dustin, Rowing Machine I, 1999

Luke-smalley-18_0High School Wrestlers Against Tree, 1993

Luke-smalley-19_0Indian Club I, 1997
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