In the Galleries: Keep Your Timber Limber

This exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London shows that some of our favorite erotic artists may have had a more complex message in their artwork.

BY Advocate.com Editors

July 16 2013 12:00 PM ET


Above: Untitled, 1961, graphite on paper, Tom of Finland

"Keep Your Timber Limber (Works on Paper)" explores how artists since the 1940s to the present day have used drawing to address ideas critical and current to their time, ranging from the politics of gender and sexuality to feminist issues, war, censorship, and race. Stretching from fashion to erotica, the works can all be viewed as being in some way transgressive, employing traditional and commercial drawing techniques to challenge specific social, political or stylistic conventions.

The exhibition brings together the work of eight artists: Judith Bernstein, Tom of Finland, George Grosz, Margaret Harrison, Mike Kuchar, Cary Kwok, Antonio Lopez and Marlene McCarty.

Be warned: much of the work is blatantly erotic and following the links may lead you to some NSFW images.

Through September 8, 2013 at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH

Tickets and Information: 020 7930 3647. For more: Institute of Contemporary Arts

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