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Johan Joseph Zoffany. David with the head of Goliath 1756. Oil on canvas 92.2 × 74.7 cm. National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. Purchased with the assistance of the Isabella Mary Curnick Bequest and The Art Foundation of Victoria, 1994 National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

‘This show exceeds the hype’: NGV’s Queer advances a beautiful and challenging reading of the queer gaze in art

The ‘queer gaze’ is presenting a new and alternative reading for art of the past and of the present.
Little Richard’s rock ‘n’ roll brought the margins to the center. Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

The 1950s queer black performers who inspired Little Richard

Little Richard honed his craft as a teenage drag queen. In everything from his hairstyle to his lyrics, we see the influence of gay contemporaries like Esquerita and Billy Wright.
Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines at the NGV International leaves out important information about who Haring was as a person and, therefore, as an artist. © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York © Keith Haring Foundation Photo: Tom Ross

Why did the NGV put Keith Haring back in the closet?

At the National Gallery of Victoria’s summer blockbuster, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines, Haring’s sexuality is obscured.

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