glbtq: an encyclopedia of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & queer culture
home
arts
literature
social sciences
special features
discussion
about glbtq
   search

 
   Encyclopedia
   Discussion
 
 

   member name
  
   password
  
 
   
   Forgot Your Password?  
   
Not a Member Yet?  
   
JOIN TODAY. IT'S FREE!

 
  Advertising Opportunities
  Permissions & Licensing
  Terms of Service
  Privacy Policy
  Copyright

 

 

 

 

 
arts

Alpha Index:  A-B  C-F  G-K  L-Q  R-S  T-Z

Subjects:  A-B  C-E  F-L  M-Z

     
Adrian-Nilsson, Gösta (GAN) (1884-1965)  
 
page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  

In 1985, Jan Torsten Ahlstrand published a detailed monograph on the artist's life and work through 1920. An outstanding example of queer cultural history, Ahlstrand's book has formed the foundation for later scholarship on the artist. Ahlstrand carefully analyzed the aesthetic and theoretical bases of GAN's work. Moreover, he reconstructed the artist's personal life and established the link between his sexuality and his creativity.

In Scandinavia, GAN is now generally considered one of the most significant Swedish artists of the twentieth century because of his aesthetic innovations. During the course of his career, he created highly original work in a variety styles, including a powerful synthesis of Expressionism, Futurism, and Cubism; Dadaist inspired collage; and pure geometric abstraction, among others.

Sponsor Message.

GAN also merits international recognition as a bold pioneer in queer visual expression. Defying the predominant homophobia of his era, he created publicly exhibited art that celebrated his love for other men and linked that love to an inspiring utopian vision of social progress.

Richard G. Mann

  <previous page   page: 1  2  3  4  5  6    

    
 interact  
   
Contact Us
 
Join the Discussion
 
 find 
   
Related Entries
 
More Entries by this contributor
 
A Bibliography on this Topic

 
Citation Information
 
More Entries about The Arts
 
 


   Related Entries
  
literature >> Overview:  Decadence

Nineteenth-century Decadent literature either describes aspects of decadent life and society or reflects the decadent literary aesthetic.

arts >> Overview:  European Art: Twentieth Century

A large number of significant twentieth-century European artists focused on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender themes, making such concerns crucial to the understanding of twentieth-century European art.

literature >> Overview:  Modernism

Despite the widespread homophobia in the Modernist movement, several of its practitioners were homosexual; some of them wrote openly about homosexuality, and the groundwork was laid for the gay liberation movement.

arts >> Overview:  Subjects of the Visual Arts: Sailors and Soldiers

Soldiers and sailors constitute a long-standing presence in gay male visual culture.

arts >> Overview:  Subjects of the Visual Arts: Sex Workers

Although art historians have given very little attention to representations of sex workers, images of same-sex prostitution extend far back into history.

arts >> Overview:  Surrealism

An artistic movement that grew out of Dadaism and flourished in Europe shortly after World War I, Surrealism embraced the idea that art was an expression of the subconscious.

social sciences >> Overview:  Sweden

A liberal and democratic kingdom, Sweden has a reputation for sexual openness, yet it maintains a law that punishes buyers of sex from prostitutes.

arts >> Overview:  Symbolists

The symbolist movement in painting and literature, which flourished in Europe from 1886 to 1905, was the first self-consciously queer movement in Western art history.

literature >> Wilde, Oscar

Oscar Wilde is important both as an accomplished writer and as a symbolic figure who exemplified a way of being homosexual at a pivotal moment in the emergence of gay consciousness.


    Bibliography
   

Ahlstrand, Jan Torsten. "Berlin and the Swedish Avant-Garde--GAN, Nell Walden, Viking Eggeling, Axel Olson, and Bengt Österblom." A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, 1900-1925. Hubert van den Berg, ed. Avant-Garde Critical Studies, vol. 28. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 201-228.

_____. GAN: Gösta Adrian-Nilsson: Modernistpionjären från Lund, 1884-1920. Lund: Bokförglaget Signum, 1985.

Claustret, Frank. "Nordic Writers and Artists in Paris before, during, and after World War I." A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, 1900-1925. Hubert van den Berg, ed. Avant-Garde Critical Studies, vol. 28. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 129-148.

Fauchereau, Serge, Abilgaard Hanne, Olli Valkonen, Bera Nordal, Trygve Nergaard, and Folke Lalander. Scandinavian Modernism: Painting in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, 1910-1920. New York: Rizzoli, 1989.

Holmberg, Claes-Göran. "flamman." A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, 1900-1925. Hubert van den Berg, ed. Avant-Garde Critical Studies, vol. 28. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 379-390.

_____. "The Reception of the Early European Avant-Gardes in Sweden." A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, 1900-1925. Hubert van den Berg, ed. Avant-Garde Critical Studies, vol. 28. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 423-433.

Kollnitz, Andrea. "Promoting the Young--Interactions between the Avant-Garde and the Swedish Art Market 1910-1925." A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries, 1900-1925. Hubert van den Berg, ed. Avant-Garde Critical Studies, vol. 28. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012. 275-289.

Lord, Catherine, and Richard Meyer. Art and Queer Culture. New York: Phaidon, 2013.

Parikas, Dodo. "Stockholms soldaters hemliga liv: Unga soldater och civila män." Sympatiens hemlighetsfulla makt: Stockholms homosexuella 1860-1960. Göran Söderström, ed. Stockholmsmonografier vol. 78. Stockholm: Stockholmia Förlag, 1999. 522-553.

Robbert, Louise, ed. GAN: Gösta Adrian-Nilsson, 1884-1965. Liljevalchs katalog no. 371 and Malmö Konsthalls katalog no. 95. Stockholm: Liljevalchs Konsthall and Malmö: Konsthall, 1984.

Rydström, Jens. Sinners and Criminals: Bestiality and Homosexuality in Sweden, 1880-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Sanström, Sven. "Gosta Adrian-Nilsson före 1920: Livsførklaring, konstförklarg." Paletten 2 (1985): 33-35.

Söderström, Göran. "GAN och hans blå matroser." Sympatiens hemlighetsfulla makt: Stockholms homosexuella 1860-1960. Göran Söderström, ed. Stockholmsmonografier vol. 78. Stockholm: Stockholmia Förlag, 1999. 309-321.

Wildenheim, Cecilia. "Utopia and Reality: Aspects of Swedish Visual Art During the First Half of the Twentieth Century." Utopia and Reality: Modernity in Sweden, 1900-1960. Cecila Wildenheim and Eva Rudberg, eds. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002. 42-85.

 

    Citation Information
         
    Author: Mann, Richard G.  
    Entry Title: Adrian-Nilsson, Gösta (GAN)  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2013  
    Date Last Updated October 23, 2013  
    Web Address www.glbtq.com/arts/adrian_nilsson_gosta.html  
    Publisher glbtq, Inc.
1130 West Adams
Chicago, IL   60607
 
    Today's Date  
    Encyclopedia Copyright: © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.  
    Entry Copyright © 2013 glbtq, Inc.  
 

 

This Entry Copyright © 2013 glbtq, Inc.

www.glbtq.com is produced by glbtq, Inc., 1130 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL   60607 glbtq™ and its logo are trademarks of glbtq, Inc.
This site and its contents Copyright © 2002-2006, glbtq, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
Your use of this site indicates that you accept its Terms of Service.