The gallery?s director, Sandra Warner, believes 'Flesh? brings a new dimension of artistic expression to the city
The gallery?s director, Sandra Warner, believes 'Flesh? brings a new dimension of artistic expression to the city

PORNOGRAPHY OR EROTIC ART?

By GRAEME SINGLETON

SANDRA Warner hopes that people who dare to view the destined-to-be-controversial new exhibition 'Flesh' at the Coffs Harbour City Gallery will look beyond the intimate body parts and acts of sex on show to gain an appreciation of the artistic comment being made on modern sexuality.

"The reason I have staged this particular exhibition is because of the range of art and the fact that many of the pieces are done by some of Australia's most prominent and widely viewed artists," Ms Warner said.

"Yes, I wanted to stir some debate, but mostly I wanted to show another side to artists who we have long revered for their landscapes and portraits."

'Flesh', on loan from the Noosa Regional Gallery, features works from the Alex McKay Collection of Erotic Art.

Mr Mackay, a Brisbane barrister, has collected a diversity of works by artists such as Fred Williams, Ivor Thele, Stewart McFarlane, Juan Davila, Charles Blackman, Brett Whitely and Donald Friend.

The works, ranging from early Japanese woodblock prints to photographs of contemporary German performance art, all have a number of things in common: they all celebrate the human body as a sexual and sensual instrument ? and many do it explicitly.



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