Issue 14 . Winter 2003
Charity, Hilarity, Pride Events, Remembrance? . From the Bookshelf . Zena Remembered . 1973: Naughty Schoolboys and Cottaging Crackdown . Make Life Beautiful! . Lord Alfred Douglas . Thank-you One and All
Make Life Beautiful
If you have a spare moment before 11 January then it’s well worth catching the exhibition of The Dandy in Photography at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery. All the expected faces are there - Noel Coward, Cecil Beaton, Stephen Tennant (in shiny plastic macintosh) and Robert de Montesquieu (queening around in what looks like a pair of ocelot gloves) - but also some much rarer delights, including the gay writer Oswell Blakeston and the actor Glen Byam Shaw looking very lovely indeed.
Claude Cahun, self portrait 1928
Giving the boys a run for their money is a natty Radclyffe Hall and a whole series of the wonderful Claude Cahun, surrealist and Jewish resistance fighter, whose enigmatically beautiful self-portraits have prompted the curators to display the word “lesbian” on the walls of the art gallery for the very first time in its long, venerable history. Go Claude!