In April 2013, Phaidon, the innovative publisher of visual arts books, will publish a landmark work aimed at a queer readership, Art & Queer Culture. Edited by American academics, Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer, the book is a comprehensive survey covering 125 years of art that has responded to queer sexuality. Richard Meyer is well-known for his previous book Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth Century American Art published by Oxford University Press back in 2002.
Here’s a preview of the book from the publisher’s website detailing its scope, structure and format.
Art and Queer Culture is the first major historical survey to consider the ways in which the codes and cultures of homosexuality have provided a creative resource for visual artists. From Oscar Wilde to Ryan Trecartin, from the molly houses of 18th-century London to the Harlem drag balls of the 1920s, the flamboyant refusal of social and sexual norms has fuelled the creation of queer art and life throughout the modern period. Although the book proceeds in a chronological fashion, many of the artists and photographers featured in this book draw upon, and even draw out, the deviant force of homosexuality. The book includes not only pictures made and displayed under the rubric of fine art but also those intended for private, underground or otherwise restricted audiences. Scrapbooks, amateur artworks, cartoons, bar murals, anonymous photographs, activist posters – all appear in its pages, as do paintings, sculptures, art photographs and video installations. Art and Queer Culture presents a complete overview of the subject in three sections. The editors provide a definitive survey essay that recounts in detail the ways in which art has constructed, contested or responded to alternative forms of sexuality, from the emergence of homosexuality as an identity in the late 19th century to the pioneering ‘genderqueers’ of the early 21st. The Works section presents large full-colour images of over 250 key artworks, each accompanied by an informative caption. And the Documents section provides a generous archive of primary and secondary texts, including artist’s statements, exhibition reviews, personal manifestos, sociological essays and critical writings. The extensive back matter includes biographies of all the artists and authors plus a full bibliography.
The book will be priced at Aus $85, and published as a hardcover in early April 2013. It includes 210 colour illustrations and 80 black and white illustrations.