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Review: Gay Icons at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Posted By Turner Uligian, Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

ImageWe knew, after the initial flurry of controversy, that there was going to be no Judy, no Dusty, no Barbra, no Liza. Gay Icons, the exhibition, would recast the notion of what a gay icon was, and those who expected divas with fabulous voices, frocks, pill addictions and capacities to suffer were in for disappointment.

A ten-strong panel of the gay great and good would choose their "icons". Their choices, on paper, sounded dull — personal icons rather than collective ones; cliquey and select.

Yet the exhibition, with a wonderful, accompanying hardback book, is colourful, intimate and moving.

Read the complete review in The Times UK.

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