Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Oscar Wilde portrait, prison cell door part of London LGBT exhibit

Oscar Wilde portrait, prison cell door
part of London LGBT exhibit

LONDON (AP) - A portrait of Oscar Wilde that once hung above the writer's fireplace has gone on display at London's Tate Britain gallery along with the door to Wilde's prison cell.
The full-length painting of a dapper Wilde by Robert Goodloe Harper Pennington was sold to pay debts as Wilde awaited trial for gross indecency. In 1895, Wilde was sentenced to two years in prison, a period that inspired his poem "The Ballad of Reading Gaol."
The items are part of the Tate exhibition "Queer British Art," which charts work "that relates to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer identities" in the century before homosexuality was partially decriminalized in 1967.
The show opens Wednesday, April 5, 2017 and runs until Oct. 1. It includes works by Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington, Cecil Beaton, Francis Bacon and David Hockney.
Source: MailOnline (via AP), April 3, 2017.

New portraits of Irish writer Oscar Wilde
and his ‘golden boy’ lover
to mark gay decriminalisation anniversary

Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas
Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, portraits by Marlene Dumas

PORTRAITS of Oscar Wilde and his lover Lord Alfred Douglas, also known as Bosie, have gone on display in London to mark the anniversary of homosexuality being decriminalised.
The portraits in oil, based on nineteenth-century photographs were painted last year by South African contemporary artist Marlene Dumas.
The portraits have now been loaned by the artist to the National Portrait Gallery’s Victorian galleries to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.
While the Gallery holds several original photographs of both sitters, it does not own an oil painting of Oscar Wilde, who died in 1900.
Displayed adjacent to the grand enfilade setting of the Gallery’s ‘Statesmen’s Gallery,’ the two large portraits are exhibited for the first time since originally being shown as part of Inside: Artists and Writers in Reading Prison, an installation developed in 2016 that responded to Wilde’s incarceration there between 1895 and 1897.
Source: The Irish Post, April 3, 2017

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