From Morgan Becker’s article for Document Journal:
The multihyphenate artist and performer died at 88, leaving behind a collection of trailblazing gay films and photographs
“Art only stimulated by praise or profit is not art,” said James Bidgood. “If it is not born from pain or anguish or pride or shame or desire or overwhelming joy, it is only something of decorative value.” This belief is one that the trailblazing artist lived by and died by—yesterday, at the age of 88. It’s a belief that informed his performance, his photographs, his films, his costume and set design, and one that’s shaped the rare legacy he’ll undoubtedly leave behind.