[Milton-L] Re: porno vs. art?
rastrier at uchicago.edu
Fri Nov 25 18:17:50 EST 2005
Jesus-- "prurient intent"! Picasso had lots of this in lots of his
art. As did, perhaps, Michelangelo, as did Titian, and did Degas,
etc, etc. So? Is Balthus a pornographer, a child pornographer?
Maybe. But also a great artist-- and simultaneously.
I think the legal attempts at censorship are all misguided.
Where you purchase the thing is the point? What if I buy Hustler at
a nice bookstore? What if the live sex shows moved to a nice part of
town? I'm afraid that I think this is a totally hopeless line of
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