Two From the Tate— Queer Art

Two from The Tate

Queer Art

Amos Lassen

Two new books about LGBT art are out this month from London’s Tate Art Museum.

“Queer British Art” by Clare Barlow Tate is the “first publication on queer art to focus on a dramatic century of social and artistic change in Britain.

In 1861, the death penalty was abolished for sodomy in Britain, in 1967, homosexuality was finally decriminalized. Between these legal landmarks lies a century of seismic shifts in gender and sexuality for men and women. This found expression in Britain as art explored transgressive identities, experiences and desires. Focusing exclusively on British art, from the ambivalent sexualities and gender experimentation among the Pre-Raphaelites, to the explorations of love and lust in 1960s Soho, this book showcases the rich diversity of queer British art.”

“A Queer Little History of Art” by Alex Pilcher is “a celebration of over 100 years of queer creativity.

Over the last century, many artists have made works that challenge dominant models of gender and sexuality. The results can be sexy or serious, satirical or tender, discreetly coded or defiantly outspoken. This book illustrates the wide variety of queer art from around the world – exploring bodies and identity, love and desire, prejudice and protest through drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and installation. A Queer Little History of Art features a wide selection of artists who subverted the norms of their day via bold new forms of expression, as 70 outstanding works reveal how queer experiences have differed across time and place, and how art has been part of a story of changing attitudes and emerging identities from 1900 to the present.”

 

 

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