Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts

Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts

by Claude J. Summers
     
 

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A distinctly queer presence permeates the history of the visual arts — from Michelangelo's David and homoerotic images on ancient Greek vases to Frida Kahlo's self-portraits and the photography of Claude Cahun and Robert Mapplethorpe. The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts is a comprehensive work showcasing the enormous contribution of gay, lesbian,

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A distinctly queer presence permeates the history of the visual arts — from Michelangelo's David and homoerotic images on ancient Greek vases to Frida Kahlo's self-portraits and the photography of Claude Cahun and Robert Mapplethorpe. The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts is a comprehensive work showcasing the enormous contribution of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer artists to painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture.

International in scope, the volume includes overviews of the various periods in art history, from Classical Art to Contemporary Art and from African Art to Erotic and Pornographic Art; discussions of topics ranging from AIDS Activism in the Arts, Censorship in the Arts, and the Arts and Crafts Movement to Pulp Paperbacks and Their Covers; surveys of the representation of various subjects in the visual arts, from Androgyny to Vampires; and biographical entries on significant figures in the history of art, such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, El Greco, Leonardo da Vinci, David Hockney, Ruth Bernhard, Rosa Bonheur, Romaine Brooks, Simeon Solomon, and Nahum Zenil. Includes more than 100 illustrations and photographs.

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Library Journal
This carefully organized reference work does an admirable job of looking at the history of elite and popular art with a queer eye. Almost 200 short essays explore representations of same-sex desire across time (from homoeroticism in Classical sculpture to the postmodern lesbian photography of Deborah Bright) and space (from cross-dressing in African art to AIDS activism in contemporary U.S. art). Taken as a whole, the essays offer the best introduction to the major themes and artists associated with queer art currently available. The entries are arranged alphabetically and conclude with both a brief bibliography and See also cross references. Summers (English, emeritus, Univ. of Michigan, Dearborn) understands sexual identity as a historical construct and avoids anachronistically claiming that Donatello or Parmigianino, for example, are "queer artists." Likewise, the claims made by the authors of the entries, a variety of scholars and artists, are both precise and measured. Bottom Line Impressive in scope, this work is strongly recommended for public and undergraduate libraries.-Katherine C. Adams, Bowdoin Coll., Brunswick, ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573441919
Publisher:
Cleis Press
Publication date:
06/09/2004
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.48(w) x 10.98(h) x 1.02(d)

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