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4.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better ..., 16 Jan 2013
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Just got the book, unfortunately it is a bit damaged, the hardcover is dog-eared at the corners, and it bears a few obvious scratched areas...

Haven't read the catalogue yet, but I saw the exhibition myself in Vienna. Overall, it's not as "bold" as I expected it, even though it is kind of "ground-breaking" with this topic. There was another exhibition in 2008, if I remember it right, which was also devoted to the "nude" (mostly female nude), and the accompanying catalogue was titled 'The Naked Truth". I see this exhibition somehow as a continuance of the previous one, there are some overlaps. And the same happens in the emphasis on the famous Viennese and other German artists of the 1900s. That period is abundantly represented. But the other sections are pretty lacking, and by that, I mean there could have been much better and more renowned works included, such as the section devoted to the academic nudes. Maybe it's because of the loan limitations...

Another point about the exhibition is that like what happens with most other museums, it is overtly conservative and cautious about language concerning homosexuality. The gay artists are not identified as gay, the artworks are not described as such. It is mostly covered by formal and scientific terms like "gender explorations" and such. I don't know what happens in the essays in the catalogue. But there are contributions from some scholars who have devoted much attention in revealing the 'gay-ness' in art.

Can't wait to read the whole book :)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The fig leaf falls?, 16 Jan 2013
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This is a catalogue published to accompany a supposedly groundbreaking exhibition in Vienna. That may well be the case, but it is not a totally isolated show. There are galleries in London and New York that cater to a certain rather kitsch gay taste. The choices of what to display were rather predictable and therefore the critique along with them similarly staid. The essays were not without merit, but contextually not that innovative, neither art historically, nor from the point of queer theory. The commentators were bland in praise and subdued in endorsement or novelty of exegesis. And so am I. The fig leaf limply falls between two stools - depth of research and pretty pictures to look at.
Nice for the coffee table, but not earth-shattering in content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High quality book, 24 Mar 2013
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Unbeliveably good quality book. I enjoyed browsing the book. I wish I could go to the museum to see what is going on there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to change people's mentalities., 24 Dec 2012
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A very well documented work. It looks like an extensive investigation and reflection on the subject. Good to change people's mentalities which normally are narrow minded.
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