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The engagement of artists has always given a voice to minorities through creative expression. In this way, sculptors, painters and photographers have played an important role in raising public awareness throughout the course of history, leading or accompanying societal changes. On the occasion of Pride month, let's dive deeper into LGBTQ+ representation in art.

Whilst during Classical Antiquity, homosexuality (in certain forms) was openly represented without taboos, it then disappeared completely from the history of art from the Middle Ages onwards.

It was only from the 20th century onwards that artists began to more openly express their sexuality in art again. For example, Frida Kahlo freed women from aesthetic and gender prejudices in her works. She presents the world with a woman who is in control of her body and in particular her sexual choices, thus moving away from society's traditional expectations.

Similarly, photographer Claude Cahun questions the theme of identity and gender in her photographs. As early as the 1920s, this precursor for self-portraiture took photos of herself with short hair, dressed as a man. As much in her dress as in her works, she plays with stereotypes to prevent the stagnancy of discourse surrounding gender and sexuality.

Other artists, such as Keith Haring, have chosen to act as artistic and political spokespersons. Indeed, this Pop Art leader quickly became involved in the LGBTQ+ community, as well as raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic. He has also joined forces with other artists, such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, on projects to effect change through art.

In 1969, the Stonewall riots led to the creation of the first international Pride marches. In 2020, for the first time since 1969, they will not take place due to the health crisis, making it all the more important to show our support for this cause and give it visibility by other means.

Love is love, and it should be celebrated in all its forms, hence why Artsper has decided to highlight artists who have fought in their actions and art for the rights and representation of the LGBTQ+ community. Politically and socially engaged, sensual, gentle or provocative, discover our LGBTQ+ artworks in this collection.

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Keith Haring, Untitled, Drawing

Keith Haring

Untitled, 1985
9 x 16 inch

$ 30,000

Keith Haring, Best Buddies, Print

Keith Haring

Best Buddies, 1990
26 x 32 inch

25,000 - $ 50,000

Francis Bacon, Composition 1, Print

Francis Bacon

Composition 1, 1987
35.2 x 24.7 inch

$ 22,094

Cy Twombly, Sans titre, Bastian 38, Print

Cy Twombly

Sans titre, Bastian 38, 1973
11.4 x 8.3 inch

$ 6,137

Robert Mapplethorpe, Bill T. Jones, Photography

Robert Mapplethorpe

Bill T. Jones, 1985
20 x 16 x 1 inch

$ 50,000

Our recommendations David Hockney, Yves Marie, Print

David Hockney

Yves Marie, 1974
30 x 22 inch

$ 12,000

Diane Arbus, Girl in a Swimming Cap, Photography

Diane Arbus

Girl in a Swimming Cap, 1990
20 x 16 inch

$ 9,500

Our recommendations Jasper Johns, Ale Cans, Print

Jasper Johns

Ale Cans, 1975
23 x 30 inch

$ 9,500

Ellsworth Kelly, Leaf IV, Print

Ellsworth Kelly

Leaf IV, 1978
30 x 42 inch

$ 11,661

Jean Cocteau, La difficulté d'etre, Drawing

Jean Cocteau

La difficulté d'etre, 1948
6.6 x 4.1 x 0.4 inch

$ 4,910

Francis Bacon, Triptych 1987, Print

Francis Bacon

Triptych 1987, 1989
37.2 x 26.8 x 0 inch

$ 19,025

David Hockney, Apple, Grapes, Lemon on a Table, Print

David Hockney

Apple, Grapes, Lemon on a Table, 1989
19 x 25.5 x 1 inch

$ 125

Betsy Enzensberger, Deluxe Rainbow Popsicle, Sculpture

Betsy Enzensberger

Deluxe Rainbow Popsicle, 2020
8 x 3 x 4 inch

$ 575

Our recommendations Diane Arbus, A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, Photography

Diane Arbus

A Widow in Her Bedroom, 55th St, NYC, 1963
14 x 11 inch

$ 50,000

Horst P. Horst, Cy Twombly in Rome - Untitled #15, Photography

Horst P. Horst

Cy Twombly in Rome - Untitled #15, 1966
23.6 x 23.6 inch

$ 5,000

Robert Rauschenberg, Features from Currents, #57, Print

Robert Rauschenberg

Features from Currents, #57, 1970
40 x 40 inch

$ 4,000

Bernard Saint-Maxent, Energy Rainbow, Painting

Bernard Saint-Maxent

Energy Rainbow, 2018
23.6 x 19.7 x 2 inch

$ 3,928

Leonor Fini, Les petites filles modèles 7, Print

Leonor Fini

Les petites filles modèles 7, 1973
22 x 15 inch

$ 368

Leonor Fini, Deux femmes, Print

Leonor Fini

Deux femmes, 1983
21.7 x 28.7 inch

$ 1,473

Hiromi Sengoku, When The Sky Had Breath To The Ocean, Clouds Were Rising Up And Fog Layed Down And Made Arainbow - It Was The Beginning Of The World, Painting

Hiromi Sengoku

When The Sky Had Breath To The Ocean, Clouds Were Rising Up And Fog Layed Down And Made Arainbow - It Was The Beginning Of The World, 2011
44.9 x 57.5 x 2 inch

$ 12,274

Hernan Bas, Don't tell it on the Mountain, Print

Hernan Bas

Don't tell it on the Mountain, 2013
27.6 x 19.7 inch

$ 442

Jean Cocteau, Hommage Jean Cocteau 20, Print

Jean Cocteau

Hommage Jean Cocteau 20, 1993
15.7 x 11.8 inch

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