9 thoughts on “Query from a reader

  1. I tried google and “queer aesthetics,” and there appears to be a lot of work. I should think other combinations would also bring up a lot. It can look daunting at first, but one can quickly see the major trends, repetitions, etc.

    I’d also be tempted to consider for oneself what might being queer bring to creating and/or appreciating beauty. E.g., ‘Being an outsider’ might seem odd, given the contributions of lgbt community to art, but still being an outsider to one’s society probably (sigh!) fit. And then I’d look at things like Chatterjee’s recent book on the aesthetic brain and consider whether there’s any overlap between what he discusses and what might be typical of the lgbt created/consumer.

  2. Many thanks for these! The reader is also interested in gender and genius in art more generally, especially the idea that genius is associated with masculinity.

  3. I also recommend Queering the Pitch: The New Gay and Lesbian Musicology, Perfect Paperback, 1994
    ed Philip Brett (Editor), Elizabeth Wood, Gary C. Thomas.

  4. Carol Duncan’s “The MoMA’s Hot Mamas” is also worth a look, though genius is not its main focus.

    “Since the heroes of this ordeal are generically men, the presence of women artists in this mythology can be only an anomaly. Women artists, especially if they exceed the standard token number, tend to degender the ritual ordeal. Accordingly, in the MoMA and other museums, their numbers are kept well below the point where they might effectively dilute the masculinity. The female presence is necessary only in the form of imagery. Of course men, too, are occasionally represented. But unlike women, who are seen primarily as sexually accessible bodies, men are portrayed as physically and mentally active beings who creatively shape their world and ponder its meanings….”

  5. Another reader writes:

    I’m writing to respond to your Query From a Reader who asked about artistic genius and gender:

    Your reader is aware of the Guerrilla Girls, I’m sure. http://www.guerrillagirls.com

    Sadie Benning and Kenneth Anger, two big names in the avant garde film movement, are also worth searching.

    I would have liked to leave this as a comment but couldn’t.

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