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Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print

15 May – 12 June 2015

Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm, Closed Bank Holidays, Admission Free

Private View and Catalogue Launch: 15 May, 6-8pm

Studio 3 Gallery is pleased to present Beautifully Obscene: The History of the Erotic Print. Featuring over 50 works from across Europe and Japan, and spanning the course of 500 years, the exhibition showcases the different approaches used by artists in order to explore themes of sexuality, gender roles and power. The show explores Sir Kenneth Clark’s famous distinction between the socially-acceptable ‘nude’, and the socially-pejorative ‘naked’ body, with the majority of the works included arguably belonging to the latter category. Beautifully Obscene will not only present viewers with a comprehensive study of the aesthetics of the human form and sexuality, but will also challenge our deeply ingrained discomfort with erotic visual representations, and suggest that beauty can in fact be found in the obscene.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

This exhibition has been organised by students from the Print Collecting and Curating Module at the University of Kent’s School of Arts. This course gives students the opportunity both to curate a museum-quality exhibition of their design and to acquire prints for the Kent Print Collection. In thinking about this exhibition, this year’s students wished to address the lack of erotic art in the permanent collection and to explore the rich and varied history of sensuality and eroticism depicted in print.

We would caution that some of the works in this exhibition contain extremely graphic and explicit content. Parental/guardian guidance is advised for minors.

Image: Kitagawa Utamaro, Prelude to Desire (1799, later printing from a re-carved block-set c. 1890-1910)