Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Mapplethorpe
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Andy Warhol in Drag 4
Andy Warhol in Drag 4
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Andy Warhol in Drag 5
Andy Warhol in Drag 5
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Grayson Perry in Drag
Grayson Perry in Drag
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Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy 3
Marcel Duchamp as Rrose Selavy 3
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Drag
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in Drag
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Drag

 

These six works are taken from a series of paintings called 'Drag'. 

 

Both ‘The History of Art’ and ‘Drag’ series examine gender inequality in the art world. ‘The History of Art’ features women in art history who were once acclaimed in the art world – some were even international celebrities – and whose history and significance have been gradually eroded so they are ultimately forgotten to a modern audience. 

 

In the ‘Drag’ series, Kevans reveals male art stars comfortably posing as women but confident that their achievements will not be forgotten.  Artists such as Francis Bacon, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton all photographed themselves in drag but the question remains: would these artists continue to be so revered had they been born women?