What Is Queer Art? Rachel Witte, δημοσίευση Dailyart Magazine [7/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
The nature and purpose of queer art is not something that can be answered with just one article. We learn about queer art in college courses, it is discussed in the public sphere, we see it in museums. In its simplest of natures, queer art exists to shine a light on an otherwise marginalized part of society. Is the art considered “queer” because of the artist, theme, intent, or subject?
There are plenty of artworks we look at and say “that is meant to be a queer artwork“. There are museums dedicated to and galleries filled with art that has been deemed queer by society or the artist. Jennifer Doyle mentions a specific print by Andy Warhol and how ultimately Sex Parts does not need someone dictating its level of “queerness” but rather its place on the wall of a local gay bar makes it queer in nature.
Part of a Larger Study
Ultimately, discussing queer art means diving into many different areas of study within art history: feminist theory, cinema studies, and social and literary theories to name a few. As Jennifer Doyle says in her piece, titled Queer Wallpaper, the function of the word “queer” in writing about art is hard to pin down. And it very much is.
It is a combination of all the aforementioned questions that make it so. Doyle signifies that it is actually the culture and things “that can come with being gay and lesbian, with being a member of a lesbian and gay community” and is rather not meant to specify the sexual identity of the artist or the audience. In fact, it is much more open to interpretation than one might believe.
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