Behind Closed Doors: Tate’s Warhol and Barbican’s Masculinities

The Barbican Centre’s photography show Masculinities, and Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol retrospective, are two large-scale London exhibitions that closed their doors to visitors in the wake of the Covid-19 lockdown, and reopened again in recent weeks. The Barbican exhibition is a show that reveals masculinity as something layered, and intrinsically fraught, through the mediums of photography and film. Each image is a document that explores the complexity and instability of identity politics; coded portraits and visual archetypes are dismantled and…