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Art Alert! Gay Icons at the National Portrait Gallery

July 22, 2009

The new show “Gay Icons” at the National Portrait Gallery in London presents portraits selected by 10 lesbian and gay artists. These portraits are not necessarily queer themselves, but were judged to be icons to the queer community, including such disparate figures as Francis Bacon, Benjamin Britten, and the Village People.

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Pictured: Patricia Higsmith

Among those artists selecting portraits are Billie Jean King, Sir Ian McKellen, and Elton John. I think this show is an amazing idea, as it shows the diversity of figures who have become iconic in the queer community. The online presence of the show also features a multitude of links to queer resources and organizations in the UK.

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