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By Christopher Reed

This daring, globe-spanning survey is the 1st ebook to entirely discover the unconventional, long-standing interdependence among artwork and homosexuality. It attracts examples from the entire variety of the Western culture, together with classical, Renaissance, and modern artwork, with specific specialize in the fashionable period. It was once within the glossy interval, while arguments approximately homosexuality and the avant-garde have been specially public, that our present belief of the artist and the gay started to take form, and virtually as quick to overlap. no longer a chronology of homosexual or lesbian artists, the ebook is an interesting and complex account of the methods conspicuous identities have essentially expert each other. Art and Homosexuality discusses lots of modernism's canonical figures--painters like Courbet, Picasso, and Pollock; writers like Whitman and Stein--and concerns, comparable to the increase of abstraction, the avant-garde's dating to its buyers and the political exploitation of artwork. It exhibits that some of the middle principles that outline modernism are approximately indecipherable with out an figuring out of the paired identities of artist and gay. Illustrated with over one hundred seventy five b/w and colour pictures that diversity from excessive to pop culture and from historic Greece to modern the United States, Art and Homosexuality punctures the platitudes surrounding discussions of either aesthetics and sexual identification and takes our knowing of every in stimulating new directions.

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