When does Art become pornography and how do we know?

A current exhibition of Japanese Shunga paintings at the British Museum in London challenges us to ponder this question in depth. It also reflects on how we decide what is obscene and what is not. Whilst the ‘real life’ situation that inspired the article is the exhibition of 17th -19th century Japanese paintings, the article’s scope is wide and it very contemporary in focus as it discusses the role of digital technology and the internet in the debate.

See a well written discursive article on these questions by Katie Engelhart … here

British Museum’s Shunga Site

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