From the U.S. Navy's confiscation in 1934 of a painting of sailors on shore leave to the ongoing culture wars over federal funding to the arts, conflicts surrounding homosexuality and creative freedom have shaped the history of modern art in ...
America. Richard Meyer's "Outlaw Representation" illuminates this history through its careful analysis of the works of homosexual artists and the circumstances under which these works have been attacked, suppressed, or censored outright. This study demonstrates how artists from Paul Cadmus in the 1930s to Holly Hughes in the 1990s responded to the threat of censorship by producing their own "outlaw representations" of homosexuality. Instead of acquiescing to attacks on their work as indecent or obscene, these artists used the outlaw status of homosexuality to propose new forms of social, sexual, and creative life.
This book includes 194 illustrations ranging from the artworks of celebrated figures such as Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe to physique magazine photographs and gay liberation posters. In each chapter pictures that once provoked censorship now elicit close visual analysis and careful historical investigation. The attention Richard Meyer lavishes on visual images defies the avowed mission of censorship, the mission of making these images disappear. Engagingly written and meticulously researched, this volume promises to be a landmark in the study of art, politics, and sexuality.