Queer Formalism: The Returnexpands upon William J. Simmons's original, influential essay “Notes on Queer Formalism” from 2013, offering novel ways of thinking aboutqueer-feministart outside of the critical-complicit and abstract-representational binaries that continue to haunt contemporary queer art. It therefore proposes a new kind of queer art writing, one that skirts the limits imposed by normative histories of art and film. Artists addressed inQueer Formalism: The Returninclude: Sally Mann, David Lynch, Lars von Trier, Math Bass, Lorna Simpson, Laurie Simmons, Alex Prager, Lana Del Rey, Jessica Lange, andLouise Lawler, among others.
Queer Formalism: The Returnis the first installment in the Critic's Essay Series published by Floating Opera Press. Comprising long-form essays, this series gives voice to critics who offer thought-provoking ways in which to subvert or replace normative modes of discussing culture.
New edition of the book published in 2021, ISBN 978-3-9819108-5-8.
William J. Simmons is an art historian, curator, writer, and poet based in Los Angeles and New York. He has degrees in art history from Harvard University and the University of Southern California. His work has been published in numerous international journals, magazines, edited volumes, and monographs, and he has lectured widely. He is a contributing editor atKing Kong MagazineandFlash Art. He was the Curator of Special Projects for the 2020 Felix Fair in Los Angeles.