Mon 2 June 2008, The Independent

Philip Hensher: The fine line between high art and erotica

By Philip Hensher
This must be one of the more disconcerting experiences to be had in an art gallery. Tate Liverpool's exhibition of the art of Gustav Klimt and his contemporaries in turn-of-the-century Vienna ends with a dimly-lit room of his drawings. The drawings are often quite thinly executed and I was just peering at one of them, trying to make out its subject, when a voice from behind hailed me. It was Mr Tom Sutcliffe, of this parish and, at that exact moment, I realised that what I had been examining with such closeness was a drawing of a naked lady doing something indescribable to herself. But what is the correct, polite way of looking at such a thing in public?
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