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Work-Of-Art Porn Star Francois Sagat Offers Master Class At NYC Museum

First Terry Richardson chose Francois Sagat to be the subject of “activist art” by putting him in a American-flag-striped unitard and inking “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” on the gay-porn god’s shapely butt cheeks. Now that Sagat singlehandedly secured the repeal of the homophobic military measure, it’s time for the charismatic Frenchman with the surprisingly untrashy scalp tattoo to take on the world of high art.

That’s right, the 32-year-old is heading up “Another Man: A Master Class with François Sagat,” at the Museum of Arts and Design  November 19, part of a three-day retrospective that includes the U.S. premiereof a French television documentary on him. (Check out the bilingual trailer below.)


While it’s true Sagat has ventured into art territory before—with films like Bruce LaBruce’s LA Zombie and Christophe Honore’s Homme au bain, Man at Bath (both of which will screen at the museum)—it doesn’t seem like he’s quite ready to ascend to the pedestal of being a living, pornographic work of art: He tells Out, “I’m still overwhelmed that I’ve been invited.”

Best of all, perhaps, is that Sagat will be instructing attendees on… the art of being Sagat.

“I’m basically supposed to speak about my career and about porn, generally speaking, and porn through my life,” he says. “I’ll speak, maybe, about my childhood and all of my inspirations.”

If we don’t understand the subject matter, can we sign up for a private tutoring session?

By:           Evan Mulvihill
On:           Nov 18, 2011
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  • 21 Comments
    • Frank
      Frank

      Lady GaGa on steroids?

      Nov 18, 2011 at 8:13 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE
      MikeE

      So, the Museum of Arts and Design have no ideas for shows these days?

      It’s very sad that when there are thousands of worthy artists (and I am sure designers) out there who merit attention, this “museum” decides to court controversy by inventing art where none exists.

      This is pure intellectual masturbation (excuse the pun-ish metaphor).

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:02 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Marie Cohn
      Marie Cohn

      No, the shockingly trashy (and ludicrously unsexy) scalp tattoo.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:44 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • GMinNYC
      GMinNYC

      I think this is great

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • james
      james

      This guy would have nothing going for him if it weren’t for his body.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 10:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the crustybastard
      the crustybastard

      @MikeE:

      I cannot more emphatically agree.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 12:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BubbasBack
      BubbasBack

      Well, we sure have come low this time with this Museum! Intellectual hogs hehehe. Burp.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 12:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RomanHans
      RomanHans

      This makes absolutely zero sense. The Museum of Arts and Design has absolutely NOTHING to do with being hot, being gay, or being a porn star. It displays absolutely the most amateurish home-made craft crap anybody’s every seen. This is where Aunt Tilly dropped off the coffee pot she made in her Ceramics for Seniors class.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Drake
      Drake

      He’s a Lady Gaga wannabe.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • New-B
      New-B

      MAD calls almost all of it’s lectures “Master Classes,” but this event is really just a talk by Sagat in conjunction with the screening of three of his films (all non-porn). Perhaps the Museum of Sex would have been a better place for these screenings, but whatever. I wish I could go. I’ve heard very good things about the film Homme Au Bain.

      Sagat has been involved in the art and fashion world for a very long time. He started out wanting to be a fashion designer and was modeling when he was discovered as a porn actor. He continues to work with top fashion designers, photographers and designers. He makes very quirky short films for youtube. He’s also a good illustrator.

      Just because the guy is a porn actor, it doesn’t mean he’s one-dimensional. There must be something interesting about the guy -porn actors are a dime a dozen, but few have documentaries made about them.

      As a fine art photographer, I would love the chance to work with François Sagat.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 1:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Por Supuesto
      Por Supuesto

      good for him!

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      I’ve seen plenty of his sex scenes because he’s frequently worked with co-stars I do like, but Sagat himself does nothing for me. But I was also in that minority that said “meh” when Jeff Stryker was the big noise too.

      If he ever decides it’s stupid looking, I wonder if he has hair enough that’ll grow back and hide that scalp tattoo.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • phallus
      phallus

      I agree with RomanHans. I’ve been to that museum. And @ New-B, it depends on your definition of non-porn. I like Bruce La Bruce movies but there is soft and sometimes hardcore porn in them. ….IMO dick and ass hair licking.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • spider_orchid
      spider_orchid

      Bitchy queens are bitchy. ANYWAY, I think he’s hot and I thin this is kind of a cool idea. If you don’t want to see it then don’t fucking go.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Spike
      Spike

      A documentary, really? Just give him a reality show on Logo and get it over with so we can move on.

      Nov 18, 2011 at 6:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BlogShag
      BlogShag

      @james: I disagree, he has a nice personality, which these days seems to be a rarity cause people think it’s cool to be rude and insensitive, just like you :\

      Nov 19, 2011 at 1:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BlogShag
      BlogShag

      I’m surprised so many people don’t like his buzz cut hair tattoo. I’ve always thought it was kind of clever

      Nov 19, 2011 at 1:42 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jeff
      Jeff

      Ugh this guy is a French wigger, will he talk about how he’s actually bisexual? I saw how he’s had sex with women and licked their vaginas.

      Nov 19, 2011 at 3:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jasun Maark
      Jasun Maark

      I had the honor or working on Francois’s new movie Incubus. He’s brilliant, fascinating and a real artist. Yes, he’s made porn but he does so many more things, some shocking, some confusing and some amazing. But he’s never boring.

      I recently posted a video on my blog of me covering him with dirt and grime for a scene In Incubus. People went crazy.

      Also check out his own blog at FrancoisSagat.com to see what he’s up to.. He isn’t “just a porn star.”

      Nov 19, 2011 at 8:52 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TanyaHyde
      TanyaHyde

      @james: This guy would have nothing going for him if it weren’t for his body.

      Yeah, but in the gay community – and in gay porn – what else do you need?

      Nov 19, 2011 at 12:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nyruinz
      Nyruinz

      @TanyaHyde:

      I agree in the gay community you can be a self-absorbed arrogant, promiscuous douchebag, but if you are hott all can
      be overlooked, what a sad world we live in.

      Apr 24, 2013 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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