Your Worst Fear And Your Best Fantasy Traced Through Art History

Holding a sign that reads “I am your worst fear, I am your best fantasy,” a photograph of a proud and defiant woman at a gay liberation march in the 1970s opens Phaidon’s newly published Art & Queer Culture, illustrating the dual visions of queer identity by the field of art history. Following in the footsteps of archival exhibitions such as the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek, Art & Queer Culture represents both the worst anxiety and the biggest desire of art history, which has been undeniably slow in publicly recognizing the undeniable contributions and significance of queer culture to art.

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