Nayland Blake returns to San Francisco with solo exhibition Nayland Blake: FREE!LOVE!TOOL!BOX!, on view at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from October 12, 2012 to January 27, 2013. Blake, who is based in New York City, lived in San Francisco from 1984 to 1996. During that time, he forged a queer aesthetic that bridged two dynamic communities—the contemporary art scene and the subculture within the gay community experimenting with radical sexualities. As one of the innovators of performance art in the Bay Area in the 1980s, fueled by the previous two decades of sexual liberation, Blake often explored aspects of the queer urban lifestyle, including the leather and S&M bar scenes.
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