I enjoyed this post from Tyler Green's Modern Art Notes. I hadn't before thought of high-fiving as "a type of code of heterosexuality." What do you think? Would you have read this populist content into the painting had you not know Pittman's thoughts?
There has been a lot of discussion recently about coded meanings in artworks, especially paintings, that conceal sexual identity in portraiture. This conversation largely stems from the notoriety surrounding the exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Identity in American Portraiture which was censored when it ran at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in the fall of 2010, and is now on view at the Tacoma Art Museum. If you aren't familiar with this exhibition and incident, do familiarize yourself!