Sexuality in Artwork research

  • Sexuality in Western Art; Edward Lucie-Smith, Thames and Hudson
    “A work of art may be full of sexual feeling without depicting sexual activity”. page 7.
    “With greater sexual freedom and matter-of-fact openness to diverse forms of sexuality, we have thus seen the emergence of a specifically feminist and also of a specifically homosexual art. Sexuality is today, perhaps more than ever before, the main subject of Western art”. page 8.
  • Art, Sex and Eugenics, Corpus Delecti, Ashgate
    Shows how art and sex promoted the desire for the genetically perfect body.
  • Exhibiting Gender, Sarah Hyde, Manchester University Press
    This book looks into an exhibition called “Women and Men”, held at Manchester University’s Whitworth Art Gallery between 1991 and August 1992.
    One of the themes of this book is the “way in which out ideas about gender and art have been affected by the way in which British art galleries have collected, displayed and interpreted both art by women and representations of women”. page 41.
    “Images of naked and semi-clothed female bodies which would evoke quite different responses if reproduced on page three of the Sun hardly raise an eyebrow when shown in an art gallery”. page 41.
    Artwork of the norms of womanhood are still subjected to ridicule, such as a print by Paula Chambers “Ashes to Ashes” which dealt, amongst other things, the topic of menstruation caused many complaints when exhibited at the Whitworth in 1992. Mainly being called ‘offensive’, ‘most upsetting’ and ‘disgusting’.

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