Tate Britain has announced a new show for the Autumn titled ‘Queer British Art’ which is scheduled to mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain.
This will be the first major exhibition in the UK to explore the subject, and spans the period from the abolition of the death penalty for buggery in 1861, to decriminalisation in 1967.
Together, these works helped to shape new forms of identity and community.
The best known of those stories is that of Wilde who was imprisoned in 1895 for gross indecency.
Works are also featured by Simeon Solomon, John Singer Sargent, Gluck, Ethel Sands, Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington, Keith Vaughan, David Hockney and Francis Bacon, alongside ephemera and personal photographs. From the playful to the political, the erotic to the domestic, this exhibition showcases the rich diversity of queer British art.
Queer British Art 5 April – 1 October 2017 Tate Britain.