Everything you wanted to know about GLBT art and didn't know where to look -
I read this more as a vastly interesting learning guide about people and subjects I knew little about. The internet is super if you know what you are looking for, this book tells you what to look for and why. I read it as a fun history book and am very pleased.
The book would benefit by containing more illustrations of the artist's art, this is compensated by the bibliographies that accompany the artist profile.
From the back of the book - The first comprehensive, authoritative queer guide to the visual arts
Why is St. Sebastian an icon of gay male artists? Is there such a thing as a gay or lesbian sensibility? What's the connection between Buddhist monasteries and Japanese homoerotic imagery? And are all those European bathing scenes as deliciously homoerotic as they seem? The perfect browser's guide to queer art--and the ideal reference work-- The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts answers these questions and more in detailed, readable essays that will keep you turning pages long after you've found the answer you were looking for. An easy-to-use, fascinating, and culturally inclusive volume with in-depth critical analyses of major figures, and bibliographies to guide further study.
A distinctly queer presence permeates the history of the visual arts--from Michelangelo's David and homoerotic images on ancient Greek vases to Frida Kahlo's self-portraits and the photography of Claude Cahun and Robert Mapplethorpe. From the editors of glbtq.com, The Queer Encyclopedia of the Visual Arts showcases the enormous contribution of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer artists to painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and architecture.