Queer British Art at Tate Britain, London

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Tate Britain currently presents the first exhibition dedicated to “queer British art” if one wants to fall into such categorization. The show will remain on view until 1st October 2017 and features artists such as John Singer Sargent, Henry Scott Tuke, Duncan Grant, Francis Bacon, Simeon Solomon among many other important artists.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England, Tate’s  positive exhibition shines a light on a social turning point in the History of the UK when gender and sexuality were being challenged, eventually moving towards more acceptance. Even if the quality of the exhibition is uneven, it still features treasures. Highlights includes the juxtaposition of a rare full-length portrait of Oscar Wilde by Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington, given to Wilde as a wedding present by the artist – with the door of the prison cell he stayed in at Reading Gaol and which was recently invested by Artangel for a spectacular exhibition.

“We have works which demonstrate lots of different attitudes, from anxiety to celebration,” Clare Barlow, curator of the exhibition told the Observer.

Image: William Strang, Lady with a Red Hat, 1918