Folio; 300 black-and-white and color illustrations; illustrated, blind-stamped yellow wrappers; blind-stamped, cardboard slipcase.
MALE features photographs and artifacts from the collection of the renowned photography critic, curator and collector, Vince Aletti. Amassed over the last 30 years, the collection features a blend of anonymous and iconic imagery from the present back into the nineteenth century. This visual cacophony distinguishes Aletti’s taste and appetite as a collector. He surrounds himself with his collection in his apartment, but for the first time, in February, 2008, Aletti assembled a selection of images at White Columns in New York. A sampling from this public display is featured in MALE along with a gatefold documenting the collection as it is installed in his home.
Collier Schorr, contemporary artist and author, has contributed a 2500 word essay on the history of homosexual imagery and the impact viewing Aletti’s collection had on her, as an image maker. In “A Male is a Male as well as being a Male,” she states, “Aletti’s collection — as seen in his book, in his home and in an exhibition space — creates a Cosmos: at once a microcosm of gay male life, a personal fantasy, and the infinite, enveloping World. The collection is not concerned with the Unique. There is no sense of one-upmanship, each new picture is not there to be better than the last. There is no holy grail.”