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The Sexual Perspective: Homosexuality and Art in the Last 100 Years in the West Perfect Paperback – 8 Sep 1994

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  • Perfect Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (8 Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415111013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415111010
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,143,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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..."a useful, provocative, and wide-ranging collection...."-"The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism

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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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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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A very good title. It's a shame that the two copies sent by amazon was damaged.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8c481150) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
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HASH(0x8c23e6b4) 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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HASH(0x8c23e714) out of 5 stars A bit dry, but well-researched 24 Jun. 2010
By John Capps - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0x8c23e9f0) 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.
HASH(0x8c23e8e8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 21 April 2015
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