Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas by Christopher Reed

By Christopher Reed

This daring, globe-spanning survey is the 1st booklet to completely discover the novel, long-standing interdependence among paintings and homosexuality. It attracts examples from the total variety of the Western culture, together with classical, Renaissance, and modern artwork, with targeted specialize in the fashionable period. It used to be within the sleek interval, while arguments approximately homosexuality and the avant-garde have been particularly public, that our present notion of the artist and the gay started to take form, and virtually as speedy to overlap. now not a chronology of homosexual or lesbian artists, the booklet is an interesting and complex account of the methods conspicuous identities have essentially trained each other. Art and Homosexuality discusses a lot of modernism's canonical figures--painters like Courbet, Picasso, and Pollock; writers like Whitman and Stein--and concerns, corresponding to the increase of abstraction, the avant-garde's dating to its buyers and the political exploitation of artwork. It indicates that a number of the middle rules that outline modernism are approximately indecipherable with out an realizing of the paired identities of artist and gay. Illustrated with over one hundred seventy five b/w and colour photos that variety from excessive to pop culture and from old Greece to modern the USA, Art and Homosexuality punctures the platitudes surrounding discussions of either aesthetics and sexual identification and takes our figuring out of every in stimulating new directions.

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