Last week, in a move that should surprise no one who saw the exhibition, the U.S. Art Critics Association named Jonathan Katz and David Ward’s important and controversial “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture” its best thematic museum show. Katz, a professor in the University at Buffalo’s visual studies department, had campaigned for years to get a show like “Hide/Seek,” which explored the coding of homosexual desire in the work of major American artists, into a major museum. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery agreed, right-wing critics attacked and the rest is history. The show recently opened to rave reviews in the Tacoma Art Museum.
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