A Place at the Table

Visual Arts

Ajitto, 1981 from Black Book by Robert Mapplethorpe<br /><br />

Robert Mapplethorpe

“FOR ME, IT IS I”

Gertrude Stein’s assessment of her portrait by Picasso could be the mantra of LGBT artists everywhere. Struggling to become visible in a world that often has demanded their invisibility, LGBT visual artists are compelled to develop innovative ways to represent their loves and lives. In the past, some artists coded their images in ways that made them imperceptible to outsiders, while others kept their images completely private and thus inaccessible to scrutiny. As prohibitions against LGBT expression evaporate, queer visual artists have lifted the veil to reveal a kaleidoscope of images.
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