Studies in Erotic Art

Studies in Erotic Art

Studies in Erotic Art

Studies in Erotic Art

Excerpt

This book is the direct result of an early realization on the part of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey of the importance of art in providing insights into man's sexual life. When royalty money from the sale of Sexual Behavior in the Human Male began to accumulate in the early 1950's, the Institute for Sex Research, which he founded at Indiana University, broadened its scientific and medical library to include not only standard reference books on art but also a specific collection of erotica in the form of books, works of art, and photographs. This collection, by now quite broad in its range, contains the work of children, prisoners, psychotics, and crude pornographers as well as that of famous writers and artists. A great portion of it has been contributed by the authors or artists themselves, by other donors, and by various police agencies.

The development of the collection was first entrusted to Dr. Clyde Martin. When he departed, the task was taken over by Mrs. Cornelia V. Christenson. It was thanks to her initiative that the first Conference on Erotic Art was organized at Indiana University in the fall of 1967, with the cooperation of the Department of Fine Arts and the active support of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Wescott, Mr. Lawrence Saunders, and Dr. Walter Alvarez, whose aid is here gratefully acknowledged.

The scholars who participated in the Conference presented more or less informal papers on the subjects which are formally discussed in this volume. The Conference was an experimental project, for which no particularly unified approach was set other than that of examining erotic art in terms of stylistic development and formal analysis—in short, the standard professional approach.

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