Art Matters is the podcast that brings together pop culture and art history, hosted by Ferren Gipson.
In the first episode of the Art Matters podcast, we talk to
2017 marked 50 years since the beginning of
We talk about coded expressions of queer identity – from when homosexuality was still illegal through to today – artists who challenged gender norms, and how more informed attitudes towards gender and sexual identity today impact the way that we approach the discussion of art.
This episode's guest
Justin Bengry is an experienced historian, researcher
Justin completed a
His book The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain is under contract with the University of Chicago Press.
Discover the stories of Radclyffe Hall, whose novel The Well of Loneliness is one of literature's most influential queer works; Vita Sackville-West, whose love affair with Violet Trefusis inspired Virginia Woolf to write Orlando; E. M. Forster, who wrote Maurice after a serendipitous caress; Vernon Lee and her tale of unrequited love; and Gluck, the artist whose name bears 'no prefix, suffix or quotes'.
‘I never set out to be controversial. To me, everything I tackled seemed to make perfect sense that it should be examined and that I should endeavor to find a form to deal with issues that were invisible.’ – Margaret Harrison.
‘There are elements of male and female within everybody’s character’ – Allen Jones.
‘As far as males go, I only like the bulls I paint’ – Rosa Bonheur.
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