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The Sexual Perspective: Homosexuality and Art in the Last 100 Years in the West [Kindle Edition]

Emmanuel Cooper
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..."a useful, provocative, and wide-ranging collection...."-"The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

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First published in 1986 to wide critical acclaim, The Sexual Perspective broke new ground by bringing together and discussing the painting, sculpture and photography of artists who were gay/lesbian/queer/bisexual. The lavishly illustrated new edition discusses the greater lesbian visibility within the visual arts and artist's responses to the AIDS epidemic. Emmanuel Cooper places the art in its artistic, social and legal contexts, making it a vital contribution to current debates about art, gender, identity and sexuality.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19198 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (11 Aug. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000Q36XEI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,040,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A serious consideration of the subject 15 Jan. 2009
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Sexual Perspective - Homosexuality and the Last 100 Years in the West. Published 1986. ISBN 0710096356 Paperback 9" x 6" (22.6 cm x 15.2 cm)

This book has been revised and updated and republished in 1994; the review here is for the original publication of 1986. (Beware that Amazon often link different editions of a book.)

Emanuel Cooper provides a survey of the work of many artists who according to the book cover "were or are homosexual, or had significant homosexual experiences". Although concentrating on the last 100 years by way of introduction he looks back to the Renaissance. He considers such aspects as sexual aesthesis, the sexual code, and looks at influences such as the Greeks, and at changing legal and social attitudes. In his discussions Cooper considers both the lives of the artists and their work. The book includes notes and an index but there is no bibliography.

The list of artists includes: Donatello, Botticelli, da Vinci, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Gustave Moreau, Aubrey Beardsley, Gwen John, Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Jean Cocteau, Christopher Wood, Duncan Grant, Tamara de Lempicka, Edward Burra, Paul Cadmus, John Minton, Keith Vaughan, Francis Bacon, Quaintance, Andy Warhol, Michael Leonard, Philip Core, Delmas Howe, Gilbert and George and many more.

The book is illustrated throughout with 130 monochrome images. It is a serious consideration of the subject; the survey covers a wide range including a few sculptors, photographers such as Mapplethorpe as well as those one might consider illustrators such as Tom of Finland.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sexual Perspective. 27 Feb. 2012
By hugh
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This book is totally illuminating, examining the subtilty by which art and the artists have communicated their sexual preference over the past 100 years. The books research detail is amazing, and I am sure this will be a book of reference for art scholars for many years to come. Emmanuel has demystified many works, and exposed the true record the artist wished to deliver. He does so with intellect, sensitivity and great skill. Anyone interested in the arts should read this book.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book but... 18 Mar. 2009
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A very good title. It's a shame that the two copies sent by amazon was damaged.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As far as text books go...! 1 Jun. 2000
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If you're ever going to buy a book just for the pictures, look no further. Not only does "The Sexual Perspective" provide an open and thorough history of homoerotic art of the last few centuries, but it continues to fascinate the reader with alternative views of conventional and popular art. As for the pictures, it's certainly not porn, but I'd advise you to keep it on the top shelf of the bookcase. This is not for grade-school eyes. As far as textbook-style reads go, it's definitely a keeper.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A bit dry, but well-researched 24 Jun. 2010
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This is a history of homosexuality in western art for last 100 years, according to the subtitle. Fortunately, it doesn't strictly stick to that limit because the first chapter also covers such Renaissance masters as Caravaggio and Michelango. The text I found rather academic and dry,and was disappointed that none of the illustrations (except the very fetching front cover and another on the back) are in color however there are a great number of them and some are graphic. I certainly learned a lot from this book, being a self-taught artist and never having studied formally, however I wish the writing had been a bit more lively.
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1.0 out of 5 stars How to get a head in art without trying.a 5 Sept. 2013
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Too preachy for me. I had hoped there would of been more visual representations. Is this enough words. OK this is it.
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