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  • Stephen Barker

    Bernard Toale Gallery

    Beginning with “Night Swimming,” 1999, a series of grainy photographs documenting the murky corners of Manhattan’s gay sex clubs, Stephen Barker has focused his camera on the eroticism of anonymous desire. His latest project, “The Archivist’s Wig,” 2007–2008, a layered combination of found and fabricated photographs, wallpaper, and sculpture, takes as its subject the life and times of the notorious gay cold war double agent Guy Burgess (1911–1963), a British diplomat turned Soviet spy and defector. An array of ink-jet prints made from scanned negatives of Barker’s own new still lifes and beefcake

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