TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991) Untitled (Premiminary drawing), 1981, Graphite on paper, 16.50” x 12.00”, ToFF #1099, © 1981 Tom of Finland Foundation
Gender, sexual identity, desire, community and visibility. These are some of the intriguing themes that will be explored through portraiture at a limited art exhibition curated to celebrate Gay Pride Month. The collection, The Mutable Portrait, consists of more than 100 paintings, photographs, prints and works on paper by a diverse group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender artists who use portraiture to express such themes.
The collection is housed at the New York office of international law firm Clifford Chance, which launched The Mutable Portrait at its Sixth Annual LGBT Pride Exhibition and is sponsored by Arcus Americas, a chapter of Clifford Chance’s global LGBT and allies community.
The multiplicity of perspectives, techniques and ideas embraced by The Mutable Portrait reflects the complexity and fluidity of human identity. Whether espousing visibility, evoking desire, critiquing cultural ideals of gender and sexuality, or celebrating either iconic LGBT figures or an intimate community of friends, in various ways the artists and subjects included in the exhibition assert themselves proudly.
The artists represented in The Mutable Portrait represent a cross-section of the art world: some are well-established, some emerging, some obscure. While many of the works are portraits in the narrowest sense (depictions of figurative subjects), what others more broadly portray are times, places or reflexive gestures that challenge the viewer.
“We are proud and excited to have such an impressive group of artists represented in this collection and to be celebrating our Annual Pride Art Exhibition for a sixth consecutive year.” said partner Jason Young, chair of Clifford Chance’s Americas Diversity Committee.
16 June – 14 September
The Mutable Portrait curated by Jacob Robichaux
Clifford Chance, New York
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Tom of Finland drawing courtesy Feature Inc, New York