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Obscenity and Middle Ages

In the years since New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz began running his tremendously popular Facebook feed, he's made it a signal forum in the contemporary art conversation—a place where art-lovers (and haters) can gather around the tangy images he posts and kibitz. For a long time these images consisted of recent artworks and art-world satire intermixed with masterpieces from previous eras, including a smattering of erotic imagery from the ancient world—for instance, antique equivalents of dick pics—that served as reminders that underneath the high-faluting convolutions of the art discourse we’re all mortal creatures born and mired in sex. (...)


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