From “The Memoirs, Volume Two” –
I had been enjoying my nice, big studio on Independencia street across
from the park and doing a lot of drawing, mostly nudes, and convincing
they guys to pose for me. They always liked it.
I had a little studio show of the works
one day and printed up a nice flier. A lot of people came.
* * *
Then that summer, Nancy and I were scheduled to go to St. Louis to an
AIDS Convention and I got ahold of a friend, Janet Brannen, who was
enthused I was coming and said, "Oh, Bill, you should have a show in my
friend's gallery while your here." I immediately thought of
Gertrude Stein's definition of an artist, someone who will hang a
painting anywhere, and said, "Gee! What kind of gallery?"
So it was arranged and I rolled up my nudes and took them to St. Louis.
The gallery people made a big deal over them.
I fairly filled the small space to the ceiling, if I
* * *
...NEXT: DAY OF
THE DEAD ALTAR