LONDON ISSUE 177 Sep 2009

National Portrait Gallery London associations & events

Gay Icons, until 18th October.

Gay Icons explores gay social and cultural history through the unique personal insights of ten high profile gay figures, who have selected their historical and modern icons.

The chosen icons, who may or may not be gay themselves, have all been important to each selector, having influenced their gay sensibilities or contributed to making them who they are today. They include artists Francis Bacon and David Hockney; writers Daphne du Maurier and Quentin Crisp; composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Benjamin Britten; musicians K.D. Lang, the Village People and Will Young; entertainers Ellen DeGeneres, Lily Savage and Kenneth Williams; sports stars Martina Navratilova and Ian Roberts; and political activists Harvey Milk and Angela Mason.

Their fascinating and inspirational stories are illustrated by over sixty photographic portraits including works by Andy Warhol, Snowdon and Cecil Beaton, together with specially commissioned portraits of the selectors by Mary McCartney. All are set in a striking exhibition design conceived by renowned theatre designer, Robert Jones.

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