“Obviously and unashamedly homosexual, purposely ambiguous, I shroud the issue of whether the author conceives his work as voyeur, participant, commentator, disbeliever or cynic… I make revelations without explanations.” Stuart Black, ‘America through a Stranger’s Eyes’ 1978.

Bummer and The Laird are proud to present the latest release of works by Stuart Black (1937-2007) for exhibition over four weeks at Tacit Galleries, Collingwood.

THE INCESSANT HUNT beautifully sums up Stuart’s search for satisfaction in the nooks and crannies of mid 1970-s San Francisco.

The paintings document the heady pre-HIV/AIDS days of constant anonymous recreational sex.

“Stuart was at the centre of a totally new world where the sheer concentration of gay people in one location had no parallel in history” says curator, arts writer and friend Craig Judd.

At the time, Black stated they were the most honest paintings he’d ever done, “The source material was right in front of me, right within my grasp.”

The majority of these works have not been exhibited in public since Stuart’s 1978 ‘Still Life’ exhibition – which Judd states, “was an important but until now overlooked event. Arguably the first ‘out and proud’ gay exhibition staged in a commercial gallery in Australia.”

This is a not-for-profit exhibition. Part of proceeds will go towards cataloguing, framing and exhibiting further works. The remainder of funds will benefit Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Exhibition Wednesday 23 May-17 June   |   Gallery hours: Wed-Sun 11am-5pm

Opening Wednesday 23 May, 6.30-8pm   |   Tacit Galleries, 123a Gipps Street, Collingwood


For all media enquiries please contact Brett Lasham on 0408 445 521 or contact@lairdhotel.com

Above text includes excerpts from ‘Still Life Stuart Black’ by Craig Judd

Still Life Stuart Black’ by Craig Judd.

eBook viewable HERE and also available for purchase from The Laird, $25.

Published by Courtesy the Estate of the late Stuart Alan Black.

ISBN: 978-0-646-54964-4