Perhaps it’s the knitwear. Or the cheeky grin. Or his apparent likeness to a root vegetable. Whatever it is, the man who took Watford to an FA Cup final a quarter of a century ago is now on the wall of the National Portrait Gallery as a gay icon.
It’s all part of a new small-ish scale exhibition called, perhaps not that surprisingly, Gay Icons, wherein a bunch of (I assume) gay icons choose the people who inspired them. The icons’ icons perhaps.
The choosers range from Elton John to the CEO of Stonewall via a Billie Jean King and Adam Hollinghurst. The chosen from Virgina Woolf to Ian Roberts. Peter Tatchell is chosen by Sandi Toksvig but wasn’t given a choice himself. It’s all a bit of fun.
What it isn’t is a unified exhibition either in style or narrative. It’s all a bit “here’s somebody I kinda like, here’s somebody else I kinda like, here’s another person …” Some portraits are the size of a postage stamp, others can be seen across the room — it feels a bit like a filler show.
And that’s not necessarily a bad thing but they’re charging a fiver a go for this.
You never know, it might even be our Graham.