Robert Siegelman

Robert Siegelman works in drawing, photography and artists books. He taught at The SMFA/ Tufts University in Boston for forty years, and now teaches and works with artists independently.

“As a queer artist, I am exploring desire and connection through my own sexual, and emotional lens. My work speaks with candor and humor about body issues / body positivity, and is suffused with a sense of grief, solitude, pain and loneliness.

We live in a culture of heightened sexuality, with erotic advertising, and individuals trading their own nude images though social media. Yet we carry a sense of shame, loss and alienation. We feel vulnerable.  We may show our bodies online but making connections can be elusive.  I wonder how we can find our way through our desires and our identity, to find affection and affirmation as a community and individually. These are the dichotomies and conundrums that I am exploring.”

His work is in many collections including the Boston Public Library, Harvard, MIT, The Leslie + Lohman Museum in New York City, The Leather Archives in Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Notable exhibits include shows at the Leslie + Lohman Museum, and “untitled male id” at the Angus-Hughes Gallery in London. In 2018 a one-person photography exhibit, titled “In the Flesh” was held at HallSpace in Boston MA.

Recently an artist book “Family Therapy” was purchased by the Jaffe Center for Book Arts, which is part of Florida Atlantic University.

Currently he is exhibiting four photograph in “Pride Photo”.  The exhibition is on tour in  the Netherlands, visiting several cities, into early 2023.


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