“Jean Cocteau: The Mirror and The Mask”

Julie Saul Gallery

Jean Cocteau: The Mirror and the Mask”: curious title for an exhibition of photographic portraits depicting (according to the press release) “one of the greatest contributors to the arts during the heyday of the French avant-garde.” French fag, very busy with his hands—all that decor to arrange, in order to fill up those empty, chilled white rooms of his. [Delete previous sentence. Could be construed as moral judgment leveled against sodomites. Also, ambiguous use of word “white.” Could be construed by white populace as being unnecessarily aggressive. Private agenda inappropriate in this context.] When was Cocteau the mirror? When was he the mask? What does a fag reviewer see in the mirror if Cocteau is generally seen as a mirror? Similar philosophical question more directly stated: if Cocteau were to become “humanized” (i.e. less the mythological public fairy), would he be spared the

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