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We are very proud to offer the first exhibition presenting the extraordinary
range of art of the late French artist Raymond Carrance, in celebration
of the publication of the monograph CZANARA: Drawings and Photographs.
Carrance was a photographer and book illustrator who, working mostly
in the 1950's and 60's, created a private body of homoerotic dreamscape's
under the pseudonym ‘Czanara’. The exhibit shines new
light on Carrance’s art, which is certainly courageous and
innovative, especially for its time.
One of the last great unknown erotic artists of the 20th century,
his work is somewhat reminiscent of the magic realism style of the
painters Paul Cadmus and Jared French, yet done in a photographic
medium. Using overlays of abstract graphics over dreamy images of
languid young men at play, his work is a meditative pondering of
the artist's psyche. The work is reverential, distinctly European,
yet never exploitative.
Carrance, who lived from 1921 - 1998, was also responsible for illustrating
with elaborate etchings and lithographs the works of Jules Renard
and Cyrano de Bergerac, as well as an edition of Henry de Montherlant’s
1951 gay classic La Ville dont Le Prince est un Enfant (The Land
Whose King is a Child). There will be examples of this riveting
work, as well as his compelling drawings, on view as well. Having
died with no heirs, his work was sold at auction by the French state,
but luckily fell into the hands of a bookseller who we have to thank
for it finally seeing the light of day.
This publication represents the first book from Antinous Press, an
important new imprint that is the brainchild of Sam Shahid, the well
known creative director. His visionary eye has been responsible for
the wildly successful advertising campaigns of Calvin Klein and Abercrombie
& Fitch, amoung others. Copies of the book will be available through
Photographs (editions of 15) start at $1000.
Drawings range from $1200. - $3500.
Engravings are $1200.