In the footsteps of the ICA’s 1976 controversial exhibition ‘Prostitution’ by COUM Transmissions, The Barbican opened with a more gentile and ‘mature’ (?) re-presenting of sexuality in Art that was maybe more like Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ to the ICA’s ‘Oh Bondage, Up Yours!’ ‘Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now’ was enormously successful and ran from October 2007 – January 2008.
‘even in an art world and mass culture saturated with salacious imagery, the real voltage comes from seeing sex represented with maturity.’ Ana Finel Honigman Guardian review by Ana Finel Honigman
‘I came away feeling not dirty, not titillated, but glad that the Barbican had the guts to put this collection of art together. It’s not like going down to Soho to get an erotic quick kick. It’s not even such an erotic experience. It’s a pleasing reminder of how sex – like God – never goes away.’ The Revd Jennie Hogan Don’t Panic review
‘Seduced: is it art or is it porn?
Will the Barbican’s exhibition, open to women and the poor (but not to under-18s), be half as thrilling as those secret rooms must have been for 19th-century gentlemen?’ Frances Wilson, The Telegraph