Shelter from the storm

Not a word was spoke between us, There was little risk involved. Everything up to that point Had been left unresolved* Last minute cancellation of one-off exhibitions on grounds of taste is not new. S… Continue Reading Shelter from the storm

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Drawing the Line

Because one figure was undressed This little drawing was suppressed. It was unkind, but never mind, Perhaps it was all for the best. * Ms Jennifer Rock was shocked when I answered the phone, especiall… Continue Reading Drawing the Line

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Mapplethorpe

Much heat and hype has been generated by the media in recent months over the Hayward Gallery’s decision to self-censor two works from the Mapplethorpe retrospective. The purpose of this piece is not t… Continue Reading Mapplethorpe

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Morals, Mores & Minors

Lewis Carroll and Edgar Degas in the 19th Century, Balthazar Klossowski (Balthus) and Robert Mapplethorpe in the 20th Century, and Tierney Gearon and Annalies Strba at the beginning of this century, e… Continue Reading Morals, Mores & Minors

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Private Views: Right Problem, Wrong Law

All too often artists and arts professionals look at a controversial image, conclude that the Law, specifically copyright law, must have something to say about it, must provide an answer. In the case… Continue Reading Private Views: Right Problem, Wrong Law

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Sensation and All That

Do the laws of freedom of speech apply to images? How do laws recognise cultural differences between different countries? Should everything be allowed to be exhibited? If not, how do we regulate? How… Continue Reading Sensation and All That

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Art and the law on trial

Does the public need protecting against art and artists? Recent serious and real events in Parliament and the Courts have raised this apparently whimsical and abstract question to public notice. The l… Continue Reading Art and the law on trial

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