Saturday, 22 September 2007

Red-light District for RA?

Brothel Display Window in Red-light DistrictAs both the Royal Academy of Arts and Tate Modern are scraping the barrel to find art shows that avoid the dreaded criticism of being "chocolate-boxy", here's a helping hand from Coxsoft Art, inspired by yesterday's news that the Dutch city of Amsterdam is to close one third of the brothels in its infamous red-light district. This sleazy area has been a major tourist attraction in Amsterdam for many years. So how about recreating it in the RA or, better still, Tate Modern's Turbine Hall? There's nothing chocolate-boxy about prostitutes strutting their stuff in shop windows. It's performance art. And it could be a nice little earner (no sales, of course; display only). Remember, you're the Art Establishment. If you define it as art, it is art. So what have you got to lose?


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