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The Great LGBTQ Surrealist and Abstract Artists
Surrealist painting and photography emerged after the second world war as a form of unstructured art that evolves from the consciousness of the artist. The works contain elements of surprise and the unexpected. Abstract art is a progenitor of surrealism which elicits emotional reactions through the use of colour, lines, shapes and forms without depicting any visual reality. Both types of art have risen in popularity as society has grown more connected and complicated, reflecting a desire to free oneself from the restrictions of everyday life.
The LGBTQ community has been very prominent in the surrealist and abstract art world. This could be in part due to the fact that, in the early twentieth century, surrealism and abstraction were considered outside the norm of popular art, and the artists themselves were often bohemian outsiders that lived precariously. The LGBTQ artist was able to express their individual sexual orientation and preferences in an abstract way. Art of any form reflects the personal attributes of the artist, often in hidden or discreet ways.
What makes art abstract or surrealist, of course, is up for debate. Similarly, one can ask whether there is a definition for queer art that is limited to the LGBTQ artist themselves. As pointed out below, the characteristics of these works is how they relate to openness, inclusion, diversity, and an overall embrace of new structures of identification and individuality. The LGBTQ artist could have a unique perspective on this based on life experience, and this can be reflected in their work.
Today, many of these artists have a global profile and their art is widely collected. Spain's Salvador Dali, America's Jasper Johns and Ellsworth Kelly, Ireland's Francis Bacon, and Canada's Agnes Martin are but a few examples of these LGBTQ art celebrities.
We have identified notable surrealist and abstract artists who identify as LGBTQ from Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Cuba, Ethiopia, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, The Philippines, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. To read more and see the complete list, click HERE
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Despite adversity and discrimination, LGBTQ individuals have excelled throughout history. Yet historians and academics have conveniently participated in the heterosexist erasure of these LGBTQ contributions by omitting the LGBTQ status of prominent historical figures from academic and historical documents. Accordingly, there are relatively few comprehensive projects which document and showcase the influence of these LGBTQ efforts.
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It's A Fabulous Morning! My Interviews With Fascinating People in the LGBTQ World (Pearse Murray and Mark S. Bonham, 2019) presents fascinating interviews with individuals from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Two Spirit and Ally (LGBTQ) community. Icons such as Lily Tomlin, Chaz Bono, Melissa Etheridge, Mark Tewksbury, John Cameron Mitchell, Kathleen Wynne, Wanda Sykes, Tony Kushner, David Hockney, Edmund White and more provide their personal stories of the community and their lives within it. Compelling insight into events of the community, such as Toronto’s Bath House Raids, is also provided. 262 pages.
A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World (Mark S. Bonham, 2017) investigates the current state of employment markets around the world for the LGBTQ community. Included is a discussion of equality in the workplace and why it is important to both the employer and employee, the wage gap, which professions are attractive to LGBTQ individuals and why, and the role of unions and government legislation. A survey of seventy five professions provides a status report for each, and seventy two biographies of influential LGBTQ professionals from around the world is included. 242 pages
Notables: 101 Global LBGTQ People Who Changed the World (Mark S. Bonham, 2015) reveals a group of select global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) individuals whose accomplishments in their profession changed the world in some relevant way. Included are founders of various social movements, innovators in sports, leaders in business and politics, explorers and discoverers, instigators in religious movements, thinkers in philosophy, infamous villains, creators of new academic fields of study, and risk takers in the arts, culture, and entertainment worlds. 212 pages.
Champions: Biographies of Global LGBTQ Pioneers (Mark S. Bonham, 2014) reveals a group of select artists, writers, politicians, lawyers, sports figures, activists, and religious figures from around the world who have helped shape the history of the LGBTQ community. Presented in a convenient notebook format. 114 pages.
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