From Yves Lafontaine’s article for Fugues:
James Bidgood died yesterday in New York at the age of 88. He produced a landmark homoerotic work that inspired generations of artists. Like Tom of Finland, but differently, this New Yorker from Wisconsin has defined a certain idea of male beauty in a few images: young ephebes of unreal beauty, lasciviously installed in surreal paintings often inspired by mythology. Although unknown to the general public, he influenced Pierre et Gilles, David Lachapelle, Rainer Fassbinder, Todd Haynes, Bruce LaBruce, to name a few.