5 Queer Art Exhibitions to See This Spring in London
By Glenn Garner
February 9- May 29 Tate Britain
As one of the most influential artists of our time approaches his 80th birthday, Tate has curated an extensive selection of some of David Hockney's most comprehensive work. With a career that's spanned six decades and multiple mediums, his work continues to evolve while he embraces new techniques. It's a rare opportunity to see the artists early work along with pieces that have never been seen before. Find more info at Tate.
February 17- March 24 London College of Communication
This exhibit by Sara Davidmann combines her own work with archive materials, letters and photographs belonging to her aunt and uncle, Ken and Hazel Houston. They came in an envelope marked, "Ken. To be destroyed". Soon after Ken and Hazel's marriage, Ken was revealed to be transgender. As was the social norm for a trans person in the 1950s and '60s, Ken lived life as a man during the day and a woman at night, in the privacy of their own home. Davidmann's work alters the original photos to imagine how Ken would have looked as a woman. Find more info at University of the Arts London.
K at the roadside between Inverness and Culloden Moor. From the series Looking for K/Finding K, 2015. Hand-coloured pigment print, 42 x 28cm.
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
Now until May 21 Tate Modern
From the private collection of Sir Elton John, Tate Modern offers a rare glimpse at almost 150 photos from over 70 artists. The musician's collection features from the classic modernist period between the 1920s and '50s. The works of Brassai, Imogen Cunningham, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti, and Aleksandr Rodchenko are on display with an audio tour, courtesy of John himself. Find more info at Tate.
Herbert Bayer 1900-1985
Humanly Impossible (Self-Portrait)
Photomontage, bromoil gelatin silver print with gouache
and airbrush on paper
394 x 295 mm
The Sir Elton John Photography Collection
Jo Brocklehurst: Nobodies & Somebodies
Now until May 14 House of Illustration
Using the punk and fetish scenes of London, Berlin, and New York from the 1970s to '90s, Jo Brocklehurst sketched live for this rare record of a subculture. Her work documents experiments with sex and androgyny, offering a uniquely beautiful perspective on the punk scene. Find more info at House of Illustration.
Estate of Jo Brocklehurst
Grayson Perry Presents the Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
June 8- September 10 Serpentine Galleries
Drawing from his own childhood and his life as a transvestite as inspiration, Grayson Perry's upcoming exhibit focuses on such themes as masculinity, politics, sex, and religion. Using a variety of mediums, Perry is known for his ability to depict contemporary life with delicately crafted artifacts. Find more info at Serpentine Galleries.