Sunday, November 21, 2010

Queer History Through Portraiture

ArtInfo recently drew my attention to the National Portrait Gallery in a review of their show, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture. Featuring the work of Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Georgia O'Keefe, the exhibit explores the fluidity of gender and sexuality and how queerness has been coded into art from the 1880s until today. Most striking, for me, is the work of Romaine Brooks, who was as famous for her androgynous portraiture as she was for her relationship with writer Natalie Barney.


Self-Portrait, 1923 and Una Troubridge, 1924

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