Cover image of the Tate's exhibition catalogue, Queer British Art (for sale at Museum Bookstore)

Queer British Art

Sale price £19.95 Regular price £24.99

'From Man Ray’s portrait of Virginia Woolf to Orton’s library book collages and Noël Coward’s dressing gown, this vital survey is bursting with fascinating stories' - The Guardian

Lady With a Red Hat, 1918, by William Strang

This exhibition catalogue which accompanies an exhibition at London's Tate is the first book to focus exclusively on British queer art.

In 1861, the death penalty was abolished for sodomy in Britain; just over a century later, in 1967, homosexuality was finally decriminalised. Between these legal landmarks lies a century of seismic shifts in gender and sexuality for men and women. These found expression across the arts as British artists, collectors and consumers explored transgressive identities, experiences and desires.

Some of these works were intensely personal, celebrating lovers or expressing private desires. Others addressed a wider public, helping to forge a sense of community at a time when the modern categories of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender were largely unrecognised. Ranging from the playful to the political, the explicit to the domestic, these works showcase the rich diversity of queer British art.

The book showcases the diversity of queer British art from the ambivalent sexualities and gender experimentation among the Pre-Raphaelites, to the explorations of love and lust in 1960s Soho. It features works by major artists such as Simeon Solomon, John Singer Sargent, Clare Atwood, Ethel Sands, Duncan Grant, John Minton, Angus McBean, David Hockney and Francis Bacon, alongside less well-known material, such as ephemera, personal photographs, film and magazines. 

  • Author: Clare Barlow
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Date published: April 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1849764520
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 18.9 cm