Monday, June 2, 2008

Art or Pornography debate ongoing

There are some great new pieces of writing on the Bill Henson "art or pornography" debate. Check out these links. Beside's Larissa Dubecki's one in The Age the other week comparing Annie Liebovitz's photography to Henson's, among other things, today there is a good piece by Germaine Greer from an Art History angle and another interesting one by Christopher Deere on how it's hard to be a (male) photographer these days because people think you're sinister. If you're wondering why I've used this picture here - The Wet Cupid, by William Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - Greer's article explains that. Or, you could check out one of my favourite art books Idols of Perversity by Bram Dijkstra (Oxford University Press 1986).

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