Unformatted text preview: portrayed obese homosexual males, referred to as bears, with topics that included classified ads, domestic environments, vacations and nudity. Gobels’ subjects were real people who had no fame to their name but were put on the same level as celebrities who were the ones usually considered as art muses. Some of his felt works also included references to Pop culture figures such as Lil Kim but they were contrasted by art history influences such as Olympia. Another important phase in his art career was his fascination with 17 th and 18 th century dandies. He chose them because of the time period in which obese men were considered wealthy and deserving of high respects. Gobels portrayed his art subjects with dignity and grace while showing them how they were but didn’t glamorize them in any special way and didn’t downplay their seemingly unattractiveness....
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- Spring '08
- History of painting, Clement Greenberg