Porn Again

We'll have to wait for further accounts to see if this is true. If it is, though, it's a pretty sad day for curatorial independence. Elton John, who owns the Thanksgiving installation, seems to agree.

We're used to having sexually daring photography squelched by our morals keepers, but we may have crossed a new threshold with this police caper involving one of Nan Goldin's pictures. The authorities have confiscated "Klara and Edda Belly-Dancing," an image that is part of Goldin's "Thanksgiving" installation at Gateshead, England's Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, to determine whether or not it is child pornography. What else is new -- except that it was reportedly the gallery itself that had advised police about the image, on the day before the show's opening.

We'll have to wait for further accounts to see if this is true. If it is, though, it's a pretty sad day for curatorial independence. Elton John, who owns the Thanksgiving installation, seems to agree.

-- Marvin Good