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Pagan Babies (Hardback)

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Art > Art History

Imprint: University Press of Kentucky
Pages: 116
Illustrations: 55 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9798218186012
Published: 15th March 2024
Casemate UK Academic

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A vital moment in Kentucky's queer history captured in sumptuous visuals—half a century in the making.

The conceptual lovechild of photographer John Denny Ashley and artist Robert Morgan, Pagan Babies has at long last emerged as a vibrant witness to a particular moment in American history, a time when sexual revolution and gay liberation manifested even in small Southern towns like Lexington, Kentucky.

Pagan Babies, the name adopted by Morgan and his band of guerrilla-style street artists, was a natural moniker for this collection, which draws inspiration from art-house movies, Greek mythology, Ovid, Shakespeare, the decadence of Weimar Berlin, punk rock, the Pre-Raphaelites, David Bowie, and—above all—the expressive and ingenious realm of queer Kentucky.

In Robert Morgan, John Denny Ashley found his archetypal sexual outlaw, and in Ashley, Morgan discovered an artistic collaborator worthy of documenting the emerging free-spirited, sexually adventurous rebels of the American South. Together, they brought forth a collective work that serves as a bracing testament to Morgan's baroque imagination and Ashley's talent for breathing life into his vision.

The result is this book. At last.

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