Art Meets Pornography In David Leddick’s Glorious Gallery

From Wes Hempel and Bruce Sargant to Andy Warhol and David Hockney—and even including Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel—David Leddick’s new coffee-table book, Glorious Gallery: The Best in Gay Erotic Art ($52.99, Bruno Gmunder), celebrates homoerotic artwork from the classical era; paintings, sketches and conceptual images by established contemporary artists “at their most sexual,” and avant-garde works presenting the male form and sexuality in a post-gay world.

“It’s more graphic and sexual than previous collections because it’s the 21st century—powerful art and sex can exist in one work,” says Leddick, who believes the collection holds appeal beyond the lavender set. “You don’t have to be gay to like sex—the subject of where sex and art meet should be interesting to everyone.”

Amen to that.

We’d like to show you more images from Glorious Gallery but darn it if some of those painting aren’t a little too NSFW. So just pick up your copy today and, uh, “appreciate” to your heart’s content.