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Erotic: Passion & Desire

I first heard about the Erotic: Passion & Desire auction being held today at Sotheby’s via a CNN article written by Siri Hustvedt.

Walking from the tube station to Sotheby’s in central London to get a copy of the catalogue is a walk past some of the high end stores with products with big price tags. Opposite Sotheby’s is even The Fine Art Society.

Hustvedt’s analysis is that this auction gives gravitas to viewing women as sex objects. And looking through the catalogue I agree with her analysis. It is really uncomfortable to see an intellectual argument being made for these works to be sold at the highest price possible. This sale coming so soon after the Presidents Club story makes it even more uncomfortable.

I do believe that attitudes are changing and I wonder if today’s buyers have made a good investment. The value of these lots is only as good as someone willing to pay for them. Tomorrow they might not be able to give them away.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017

I saw this poster for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 on the tube yesterday and it reminded me how cross I was when I first saw this image of One Of Them Is A Human #1 (Erica: Erato Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project) by Maija Tammi.

Why it was allowed into the competition is beyond me. It is not of a picture of a person. It is a picture of an object.

I do hope the technology of creating robots that have the sole purpose of mimicking human behaviour joins Betamax, Segway and Google Glass on the scrap heap.

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