Tate Britain presents the first exhibition to examine the history of art relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) identities as well as marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. What have critics been making of the exhibition? 

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Gluck, (Hannah Gluckstein), 1942, NPG (c) National Portrait Gallery, London.

City Am:**** “It’s thoughtful and sad and funny and touching, a portrait of exceptional people under exceptional pressure producing exceptional work.”

The Guardian: ***** “This vital, fascinating exhibition traces queer lives and sensibilities over a century.”

Evening Standard: *** “Sadly the show tears itself apart between a narrative and an aesthetic experience. ”

The Telegraph: *** “Queer British Art feels a rather numbing experience.”

Victoria Sadler.com: “If you visit this show to ‘simply’ enjoy the art, I feel this exhibition will reward you. But I’d advise to treat its theme with a bit of caution.”

Culture Whisper: “This Tate Britain exhibition is righting wrongs by calling queer art what it is, and giving it a proper platform. A cause for celebration if ever we’ve had one.”

Time Out: **** “Alongside each step of progress, queer art will doubtlessly continue to evolve and flourish.”

The Financial Times: “Though flawed, Queer British Art is a valiant voice in an unfinished cultural conversation.”

The Upcoming: **** “as the first institutional exhibition of queer art in the UK, this marks an overdue milestone and tells an important story about queer identity in Britain.”

The Economist: “Those expecting titillation will be largely disappointed. This is a subtle, deeply academic show with an emphasis on unearthing hidden stories.”

I News: “For six months, Queer British Art is a place that queer people can go to feel less alone – to be in the company of others like them. What could be more important than that?”

Queer British Art: 1861-1967 is on display at Tate Britain until the 1st October. For more information and to book tickets visit: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/queer-british-art-1861-1967

 

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