Queer zen
in Productive failure
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The author explores first the works of Cy Twombly and then those of Natvar Bhavsar through the frame of what he describes as 'queer Zen Buddhism' or 'queer Zen'. It is important to note that his investigation requires methods beyond a traditional formal analysis of Twombly's works or a recontextualizing of the writing about them. Overall, Twombly's work and Roland Barthes's writing can help think through queer notions of nationality as well as sexuality. Jonathan Katz makes convincing parallels between the non-dualistic conception of identity often associated with Zen and queer as an unstable signifier of sexual identity. Bhavsar's works, which were not part of the exhibition that Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) brought over, were very much a product of the debates in the New York art world.

Productive failure

Writing queer transnational South Asian art histories


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