Queer Art: A Freak Theory by Renate Lorenz

Queer Art: A Freak Theory
by Renate Lorenz
Paperback: 180 pages
Publisher: Transcript-Verlag (April 5, 2012)
ISBN-10: 3837616851
ISBN-13: 978-3837616859

Renate Lorenz’s book Queer Art: A Freak Theory is a queer theory of visual art – based on extensive readings of art works Queer Art traces the question of how strategies of denormalization initiated by visual arts can be continued through writing. In the book’s three chapters art theoretical debates are combined with queer theory, post-colonial theory, and (dis-)ability studies, proposing the three terms radical drag, transtemporal drag, and abstract drag. The works discussed include those by Zoe Leonard, Shinique Smith, Jack Smith, Wu Ingrid Tsang, Ron Vawter, Bob Flanagan, Henrik Olesen, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sharon Hayes, and Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz.

About Renate Lorenz

Renate Lorenz (PhD) works as an artist and as an independent author, mostly in the fields of queer, gender, and art theory. She is professor of art and research at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.
Berlin based Renate Lorenz has collaborated with Pauline Boudry since 1998 and their work has been extensively exhibited internationally. Recent solo shows include Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (Paris Triennale), 2012; Swiss off-site Pavilion, as part of Chewing the Scenery, Venice Biennale, 2011; Les Complices, Zurich, 2010; Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, 2010.

Other Publications

„TEMPORAL DRAG“, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, 2011, Catalogue, Texts by Elisabeth Freeman, Mathias Danbolt, Marc Siegel, Diedrich Diederichsen, Denis Pernet and interview with Andrea Thal. Presents documentations of the works Contagious, Charming for the Revolution, Salomania, N.O. Body and Normal Work, Published and distributed by Hatje Cantz – an english-french version is available from Musée des Beaux-Arts Lausanne.

„Salomania“, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, 2010, Fanzine, Ellen de Bruijne

„Normal Work“, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, 2008, Catalogue, interview with P.Boudry and R.Lorenz by Antke Engel, text by Gregg Bordowitz, b-books.