chapter  1
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Queer Spectacles

Queer art remains a paradox. What it is and what forms it takes virtually defy definition, though its spirit informs work by many young artists, and its existence seems to be as much concerned with lifestyle-evident in street demonstrations, parades and nightclubs-as shown on the walls of art galleries. Queer art is part of a widespread, if often diffuse, reaction to a perceived complacency about art which claims to address issues around gay and lesbian identity, and the way this fails to acknowledge the political shift from art directed at lesbians/gays, to that seeking a wider and more general audience.