Painter Jonathan Ned Katz Makes Art Out Of Queer History

PHOTOS: Gay historian Jonathan Katz made his New York art-world debut this week with a new collection of paintings, Making History, Making Art, on view at New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art.

Katz, 75, came to art late in life, first gaining acclaim with LGBT-history tomes like Gay American History: Lesbians and Gay Men in the U.S.A. (1976) and The Invention of Heterosexuality (1995), and the 1972 documentary play, Coming Out!

As a result, his painting are imbued with historical context, says curator Jonathan David Katz (no relation): “The direct beneficiary of Katz the historian is Katz the artist, and we are the direct beneficiaries of Katz the artist.”

Running through March 31, the show focuses on Katz’s recent paintings of men, praised by the curator for their “passion, sensuality and immediacy.”