Sunday, 27 July 2008

Baltic Faces Prosecution

Terence Koh - Statue of ChristThe Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is in the news again. Last year Nan Goldin's alleged child porn photo was seized by Northumbria Police (CLICK). This time it's Terence Koh's statue of Christ - shown earlier this year - which is causing a rumpus. The bulge between Christ's knees is supposed to be an erection. (Koh's grasp of anatomy is as lousy as his art.) Emily Mapfuwa, an NHS administrator from Essex, has launched a private prosecution against the Baltic Centre, alleging the gallery offended public decency and breached Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 by exhibiting Koh's tripe. This promises to be a landmark case. The first hearing is set for September.


At 27/7/08, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're not auditioning for a job on the Daily Mail are you?

How about posting some things you actually like?



At 27/7/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Hi, Nick

The Mail doesn't seem to have an art critic, and I'm sure it would pay more than blogging. I tend to dip into it as a last resort when I can't find any art news. The BBC hasn't caught on to this story yet. So it appears to be a Mail scoop.

I prefer to publish art I like, but it's the rubbish that tends to make the news headlines. The Baltic Centre has exhibited one artist I really liked: Japanese. Search Blogger for "Baltic Centre" to find her. Eerie girlie sci-fi.

At 27/7/08, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello again,

Yes I've seen the The Baltic Centre, a great space, I haven't seen much there that I love but live in hope.

The Daily Mail has covered art before they even had their own 'Not the Turner Prize', which celebrated mediocrity and completely inoffensive daubingsas one critic said.

Anyway keep up the good work, it might only be a blog in some eyes, but a trasure trove for me.



At 28/7/08, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

Thanks, Nick.

I vaguely recall Not The Turner Prize. You should see what Stuckism says about that national joke the Turner Prize:


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