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Exhibition: Chuck: Photographs by George Platt Lynes from December 13, 2023 to February 3, 2024 at Childs Gallery, Boston

Chuck: Photographs by George Platt Lynes

Press Release:

The distinct figure of Charles 'Chuck' Howard can be found in the works of artists such as Bernard Perlin, George Tooker, Jared French, Margaret French, and Paul Cadmus. However, it was his time as model, muse, and lover of George Platt Lynes that yielded perhaps the most intimate and striking depictions of the late Howard. A veteran, fashion designer, and restaurateur, Howard became a highly sought after model and central social figure of Queer Modernism in New York City.  

Photographer George Platt Lynes was famous in his lifetime for his commercial photographs in fashion magazines and work with the American Ballet Theater. Throughout his mainstream career, Lynes secretly produced a substantial body of nude and homoerotic photography. Though kept secret due to obscenity laws of the time, Lynes considered these private photographs to be his finest work.  His models were often friends, lovers, and acquaintances - gay artists, dancers, and writers from Lynes' social circle. 

Chuck Howard was born in Cochran, Georgia in 1927. After graduating high school, he joined the Naval Air Force and became a tail gunner in World War II. He subsequently studied fashion in France on the G.I. Bill, afterwards returning stateside to New York to begin a career in the industry. 

Lynes and Howard were introduced around this time at a party hosted by Bernard Perlin. After the meeting, Chuck quickly moved into Lyne's apartment and was noted as having a stabilizing influence on the notoriously spendthrift photographer. The relationship lasted just over two years.  In January 1951, Lynes wrote to his mother, "Late last week, Chuck decided to go off and live by himself. It's a pity, for I shall miss him; but I don't disapprove… I'm afraid that my influence is too often all-pervading, all-inclusive." 

Howard would go on to enjoy a long career in fashion working for designers such as Bill Blass and Anne Klein (to whom he introduced Donna Karan), before launching his own label. In 1981, he left the industry and opened the eponymous restaurant 'Chuck Howard' with his partner Edward Vaughn, where a young Anthony Bourdain ran the back of house. After retiring to the Netherlands Antilles and then Santa Fe, New Mexico, Howard passed away on October 5, 2002. 

Chuck: Photographs by George Platt Lynes presents a rare collection of vintage photographs dating circa 1948 - 1951 that celebrates the collaborative work between George Platt Lynes and Chuck Howard.  Featuring both studio poses and candid shots, Chuck reveals the spectrum of Howard's skills as a model and offers a unique and intimate look into his somewhat brief but impactful relationship with Lynes.  

On exhibit until February 10th, 2024
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Self portrait with Chuck Howard], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
10×11IN.
$6,000
[Self portrait with Chuck Howard]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Laying Down with Arrow], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
8×734IN.
$6,000
[Chuck Howard Laying Down with Arrow]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Sitting], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
914×712IN.
$5,000
[Chuck Howard Sitting]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard with Elbows on Bar], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1012×1014IN.
$5,000
[Chuck Howard with Elbows on Bar]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Standing Against Wall], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
10×9IN.
$5,000
[Chuck Howard Standing Against Wall]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Looking at Roses], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
1014×912IN.
$5,000
[Chuck Howard Looking at Roses]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Standing in front of a Portrait Wall], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
912×712IN.
$4,500
[Chuck Howard Standing in
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard in Provincetown], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
914×712IN.
$4,500
[Chuck Howard in Provincetown]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard in Christmas Tree], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
9×712IN.
$4,500
[Chuck Howard in Christmas Tree]
Photograph By George Platt Lynes: [chuck Howard Posing Among An Adorned Tree I] At Childs GalleryQuick View
9×738IN.
$4,500
[Chuck Howard Posing Among
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Posing Among an Adorned Tree II], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
712×714IN.
$4,500
[Chuck Howard Posing Among
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard with a Jared French Painting], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
934×8IN.
$4,000
[Chuck Howard with a Jared French Painting]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Resting], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
912×10IN.
$4,000
[Chuck Howard Resting]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
914×712IN.
$4,000
[Chuck Howard]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard in Profile], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
934×8IN.
$4,000
[Chuck Howard in Profile]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard in Bodysuit Against a Wall], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
912×734IN.
$4,000
[Chuck Howard in Bodysuit Against a Wall]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard Leaning Against a Wall], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
912×712IN.
$4,000
[Chuck Howard Leaning Against a Wall]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard with Walking Stick], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
914×7IN.
$4,000
[Chuck Howard with Walking Stick]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
8×712IN.
$3,500
[Chuck Howard]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard with Dog], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
9×712IN.
$3,500
[Chuck Howard with Dog]
Photograph by George Platt Lynes: [Chuck Howard], available at Childs Gallery, BostonQuick View
712×738IN.
$3,500
[Chuck Howard]
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