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Queer British Art Exhibition at Tate Britain

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Here in the UK, the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality is being marked with a variety of events. Yesterday I went to a brilliant reading of Bent, with Russell Tovey in the lead role. Today I visited the Tate Britain, where there is a magnificent exhibition, Q ueer British Art 1861-1967. One of my favorite (and sadly, one of the most tragic) gay painters was the Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon. Here is the caption that accompanies his self portrait:

 

"This delicate self portrait is by Simeon Solomon, an artist who explored themes of sexual ambiguity and same-sex desire in much of his work. He met Dante Gabriel Rossetti and was introduced to the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, becoming close friends with Edward Burne-Jones and poet-critic Algernon Charles Swinburne. His drawings were much admired and he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1858 onwards. In 1873 he was arrested in a public urinal with George Roberts, a stableman, and was convicted of attempted b uggery and fined. Many friends abandoned him. He died in St. Giles Workhouse on 14 August 1905 at the age of 65."

 

​And today, on the TCM Board, I can't even use the word Q ueer without being censored!

 

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

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Here in the UK, the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality is being marked with a variety of events. Yesterday I went to a brilliant reading of Bent, with Russell Tovey in the lead role. Today I visited the Tate Britain, where there is a magnificent exhibition, Q ueer British Art 1861-1967. One of my favorite (and sadly, one of the most tragic) gay painters was the Pre-Raphaelite painter Simeon Solomon. Here is the caption that accompanies his self portrait:

 

"This delicate self portrait is by Simeon Solomon, an artist who explored themes of sexual ambiguity and same-sex desire in much of his work. He met Dante Gabriel Rossetti and was introduced to the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, becoming close friends with Edward Burne-Jones and poet-critic Algernon Charles Swinburne. His drawings were much admired and he exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1858 onwards. In 1873 he was arrested in a public urinal with George Roberts, a stableman, and was convicted of attempted b uggery and fined. Many friends abandoned him. He died in St. Giles Workhouse on 14 August 1905 at the age of 65."

 

​And today, on the TCM Board, I can't even use the word Q ueer without being censored!

 

N03410_10.jpg 

 

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

Sounds fascinating, is there a biography on him?

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Wikipedia has a few suggestions, I'm going to look into them. I know Simeon Solomon's work from Pre-Raphaelite exhibitions here in London; and from reading articles about him. But I would like to read a proper biography. 

 

Here's his painting entitled "Bacchus," which is one of several of his works in the current exhibition. 

 

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​And today, on the TCM Board, I can't even use the word Q ueer without being censored!

Hi Swithin

 

I was able to edit the title for you, and allow the word to be used :)

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Wikipedia has a few suggestions, I'm going to look into them. I know Simeon Solomon's work from Pre-Raphaelite exhibitions here in London; and from reading articles about him. But I would like to read a proper biography. 

 

Here's his painting entitled "Bacchus," which is one of several of his works in the current exhibition. 

 

BRM_BMAG_1961_P52.jpg

He's obviously a very talented man!

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They are doing a similar show at The Prado in Spain

 

Nice visuals but the video has an annoying music track

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Hi Swithin

 

I was able to edit the title for you, and allow the word to be used :)

 

Thanks so much! 

 

Btw, right next to a portrait of Oscar Wilde, they have the actual door from his cell in Reading Gaol.

 

Queer-British-Art-Tate-Britain-The-Upcom

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Hi Swithin

 

I was able to edit the title for you, and allow the word to be used :)

"Queer" is definitely a part of the everyday vocabulary.

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