Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas by Christopher ReedArt and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas by Christopher Reed

Art and Homosexuality: A History of Ideas

byChristopher Reed

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Lavishly illustrated with over 175 black-and-white and color images that range from high to popular culture and from Ancient Greece to contemporary America, Christopher Reed's arresting book reveals the deep linkages between art and homosexuality as we understand those terms. This is the first book to fully explore the interdependence between the identity of the artist and the homosexual. It offers a bold, globe-spanning narrative that draws on artwork from all the important periods in the Western tradition, including classical, Renaissance, and contemporary, withspecial focus on the modern period. It was in the nineteenth century that the identities of the avant-garde artist and the homosexual took shape, and almost as quickly overlapped. The figures involved - Ingres, Courbet, Wilde, Whitman - are among that era's most iconic artists. The development oftwentieth-century art - exemplified in the work of figures like Gertrude Stein, Jasper Johns, David Hockney, and David Wojnarowicz - this book argues is simply not understandable apart from the concurrent development of ideas about sexual identity. This highly readable volume challenges the ideas ofmany prominent art critics and punctures the platitudes surrounding discussions of both art and sexuality. The book discusses what it means to be an insider and outsider, how sexuality came to define one's fundamental humanity, and what people risk (and gain) in rejecting economic and socialconformity. Reed shows that many of the core ideas that define modern thought more generally are nearly indecipherable without an understanding of this pairing. The debates that have surrounded artists and homosexuals in effect capture the dramatic history of the evolution of the modern mind.

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Christopher Reed is Associate Professor of English and Visual Culture at Pennsylvania State University. His previous books include Not at Home: The Suppression of Domesticity in Modern Art and Architecture and Bloomsbury Rooms: Modernism, Subculture, and Domesticity, winner of a 2005 Historians of British Art prize.
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Title:Art and Homosexuality: A History of IdeasFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:May 29, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Varieties of 'Homosexuality'; Varieties of 'Art'Initiatory Homosexuality: The 'Sambia' of New Guinea and Ancient Greece and RomeGender-Transcendent Homosexuality: Polynesia and North AmericaPerformative Homosexuality: Tokugawa Japan2. Before ModernityEarly Christian and Medieval EuropeThe Renaissance17th- and 18th-Century Europe3. Inventing the Modern: Art and Sexual Identity in the Late- Nineteenth CenturyImagery at Mid-CenturyInventing the Avant-GardeArtists at Mid-CenturyThe Modern Artist as HomosexualAesthetes and Art Journals4. Secrets and Subcultures, 1900-1940Echoes of AestheticismAvant-Garde ContingentsSexuality and RaceStrategies of Coding: Abstraction and SymbolsThe Limits of the Avant-GardeThe Avant-Garde and the Open SecretThe Open Secret and Mass Culture5. The Short Triumph of the Modern: 1940-1965Expression and Repression in Post-War ArtPopular Imagery, Pop Art, and the Origins of PostmodernismCamp and Criticism6. The Avant-Garde and Activism: 1965-1982Art Vs. PoliticsFeminists, Lesbians, and Female SensibilityIdentity and Sensibility7. The AIDS Decade: 1982-1992AIDS and the Avant-GardeAIDS, Activism, and Visual CultureHomophobia and Visual Culture8. Queer and BeyondQueerFragmentation from WithinPressure from WithoutWorking Through Difference: The Black Male NudeBibliography and Notes