Art Hole: Your February Queer Art Roundup

Credit: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow by David LaChapelle, 1996 © David LaChapelle; Courtesy: Fred Torres Collaborations

For February’s Art Hole, we explore Andrew Salgado’s TEN, fall in love with Alexander McQueen all over again at the National Portrait Gallery and get close to Andy Warhol at The Whitworth in Manchester.

Curated by Gemma Rolls-Bentley

Featured Exhibition

Credit: Andrew Salgado, TEN, The Gallery of the Canadian High Commission, London
Photo: Damian Griffiths; Courtesy BEERS London

Andrew Salgado: TEN

The Gallery of the Canadian High Commission, London

This 10-year survey show presents a selection of the London-based Canadian artist’s portraits, offering a raw and sensitive exploration of identity, love, gender and sexuality. Curated by David Liss of Toronto’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the 12 works on view demonstrate the range of Salgado’s abilities, thoughts, and as the artist puts it “the technical hesitations [he] had as a young man and young artist ‘coming of age’.” As the work becomes increasingly political, Salgado’s lived experience of homophobia looms ever larger on the canvas. On the Opening night of The Snake – Salgado’s most recent solo show at his gallery, Beers London – the artist released 49 live butterflies, one for each of the victims of the massacre that took place at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In the artist’s own words: “I think, my practice has always been twofold, on one hand these florid colourful beautiful men, who, on some level, give way to ideas of identity, horror, and sad realities. I think that a lot of this discussion is even more relevant now given the current political climate.”

You can see Andrew Salgado: TEN at The Gallery of the Canadian High Commission until 28 February 2017.

Exhibition Highlight – London


Credit: Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow by David LaChapelle, 1996 © David LaChapelle; Courtesy: Fred Torres Collaborations

Speak Its Name!

National Portrait Gallery, London

To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales, the National Portrait Gallery has hung a special display of portraits of prominent gay people. The celebrity portraits, each accompanied by a quote that shares the subject’s experience of coming out, are selected from 150 featured in a book published by the gallery to mark the anniversary. Speak Its Name! is the first instalment of a year-long series of displays and events marking advances in gay rights in Britain that will, according to the gallery’s director, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, “examine ever-more relevant discussions over identify, tolerance and equality from a panoramic and international perspective.”

You can see Speak Its Name! at the National Portrait Gallery until October 29 2017.


Exhibition Highlight – Manchester

Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait Strangulation, 1978
Copyright the Andy Warhol for Visual Arts, Inc.
ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d’Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008. Photo © Tate.


The Whitworth, Manchester

Touring the UK since 2008, the ARTIST ROOMS collection presents in depth solo presentations of key figures from art history. Queer art icon Andy Warhol is the subject of this Manchester iteration of the exhibition series.

You can see ARTIST ROOMS: Andy Warhol at The Whitworth in Manchester until 16 April 2017.


About Gemma Rolls-Bentley

Gemma has worked in contemporary art for over 10 years, working with artists, galleries, auction houses and collectors. As well as spending 5 years working with Damien Hirst, Gemma’s career has been focused on supporting emerging artists and her curatorial and project work has been dominated by themes relating to gender and queer culture. She is currently Gallery Relations Manager for online arts platform Artsy. She lives in South London with her wife, where she is also a trustee of her local arts charity Deptford X.

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