Queer Disclosure

Between You and Me: Queer Disclosures in the New York Art World, 1948–1963

(Link will take you to a free sample on Google books)


This written works is a historical approach facing the disclosure of the queer art underground of New York during the early 1950’s to the mid 1960’s. This book, written by Gavin Butt, examines gossip and attempts to relate these to social surroundings to give them the strength to be more accepted as art history, and to add a more queer turn on traditional art history. This book is good in examining how people might have been potentially outed and the reactions during a time where queer was a direct insult.

Related to my research, I feel this is not only an interesting reading, but will help also answer the question, ‘who is quer, what is queer, and does that impact their art and their creation of art? Especially, during this time, was the AIDS epidemic within the queer community just beginning to spread and being very negatively connected with one’s sexual identity.

Featured Art work is from Activitst and Artist Keith Haring, Ignorance = Fear



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