Paul Swan is Dead and Gone
About Paul Swan
Dancing as a young man in Europe, Paul Swan was billed as “The Most Beautiful Man in the World”. Decades later, as an old man still wearing the same revealing neo-classical costumes, he looked into Andy Warhol’s camera and declared, “I am the most famous unknown person in New York.”
Indeed, while Swan never achieved the recognition he desired as a modern Renaissance man (painter, sculptor, poet, dancer, etc.), he achieved a different kind of fame, largely through weekly salons held in his studio atop Carnegie Hall, every Saturday from the 1930s through the 1960s. As the years progressed (and as Swan added layers of pancake make-up and black shoe polish), the tragic, the camp and the sublime intertwined to create his greatest artwork–himself.
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