Britain’s museums sure are loving the homos. First Emperor Hadrian’s getting hung over at the British Museum. Now we hear that the National Portrait gallery purchased four portraits from homo-photog David Gwinnutt:
The portraits of film director John Schlesinger, playwright Neil Bartlett, performance artist and club legend Leigh Bowery and photographer Corinne Day are candid and intimate.
Terrence Pepper, curator of photographs at The NPG, said,
“We are delighted to have four more photographs by David Gwinnutt in the Photographs Collection. Atmospheric and evocative, Gwinnutt’s high-contrast black and white, strikingly composed photographs evoke very well the era in which they were taken. Anti-glamorous and un-staged, they reveal an intimacy with his sitters, allowing the viewer to feel they are seeing the ‘real’ person in the picture.”
The portraits will be on view starting in February.
Sometimes I wonder it has just been some sad accident related to opppression that gave many people the mistaken impression that gay people are creative. In the last ten years, a large percentage have certainly proven themselves amenable to conformity as corporate consumers and worker bee’s. In keeping with the assimilationist myth that we are just like hetero’s many forget that we have been brainwashed with the bougeoise heteronormative image of life and that we are just like jack and jill. Of course this is mythical
and we live in a fantasy world, which obstructs our view (of being marginal) and prevents us from authentic representations and presentations which provides the stuff of art. Gay represenatrion in art is rare even though it presents a whole reality existing in our dreams and imaginings., and realities.
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