Queer British Art 1861-1967

It seems outrageous today that, up until 1967, male homosexuality was completely criminalized, though it’s perhaps equally surprising that it’s taken until 2017 for there to be a major exhibition of British artwork relating to the LGBTQ community. Tate Britain marks the 50th anniversary of the former by celebrating the latter in a show featuring a range of artists, including John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant and David Hockney (whose solo exhibition at the gallery, on until May 29, is also not to be missed). While you’re there, make sure you pass through the Duveen Galleries to see Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans’s monumental installation, which was unveiled this week as the 2017 Tate Britain Commission. The sculpture is suspended from the ceiling, uses two kilometres of neon lighting, and was designed specifically so the pictures you’ve undoubtedly seen of it on Instagram can’t come close to the real thing.

Queer British Art 1861 – 1967 at Tate Britain (April 5-October 1), Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG (020 7887 8888); @tate

Image: Hannah Gluckstein, Gluck (1942), © National Portrait Gallery

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