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Friday, November 20, 2009

When does art become child porn?

The topic of child pornography has come up often in my thousands of hours of art historical research. I have wondered aloud how many little baby Jesus penises do you have to see when looking at Renaissance art before it is just wrong?

The history of art is chocked full of nudity--men, women, children. Yet it seems to be contemporary art that only that gets people to respond. Art, celebrity, nudity, copyright, decency laws, and public funding all played a part a recent situation at the Tate Modern in London, bringing this host of legal and moral issues to a head. Read for yourself.

The interesting point is made by Laura Cumming that the outcome may have been very different if the exhibition had taken place in America. Indeed, we are no where near being on the same page on this subject globally, and I doubt we ever will be.


-Ashley E. Remer
Head Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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