Queer British Art 1861 – 1967

by Matthew Innis |

Sappho and Erinna in a Garden at Mytilene (1864) by Simeon Solomon, 1840-1905

Presenting the first exhibition dedicated to queer British art

Featuring works from 1861–1967 relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities, the show marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Queer British Art explores how artists expressed themselves in a time when established assumptions about gender and sexuality were being questioned and transformed.

Deeply personal and intimate works are presented alongside pieces aimed at a wider public, which helped to forge a sense of community when modern terminology of ‘lesbian’, ‘gay’, ‘bisexual’ and ‘trans’ were unrecognised. Together, they reveal a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic.

With paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer SargentDora CarringtonDuncan Grant and David Hockney the diversity of queer British art is celebrated as never before.

Where: Tate Britain, London (UK)

When: April 5 – October 1, 2017

http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/queer-british-art-1861-1967

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