Seduced

Sex and art from antiquity to now

Marina Wallace, Martin Kemp & Joanna Bernstein

Published by Merrell Publishers Ltd, Barbican Art Gallery, 2008

ISBN-13: 978 1 8589 4416 6


Seduced is a provocative and ambitious survey of representations of sex across cultures from ancient times to the modern day. Featuring such diverse works as Roman marbles, Japanese woodcuts, Indian manuscripts, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, nineteenth-century photographs and contemporary videos, this fascinating book reveals how art with a sexual content has been collected, openly displayed, concealed or prohibited over time. It provokes us to question the lines drawn between art and pornography and to examine our own boundaries of acceptability and censorship.


Published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the Barbican Art Gallery from 12 October 2007 – 27 January 2008