Flipping the Art and Porn Script
Imagine a gorgeous woman sitting in a hotel room with a single video camera hanging above the bed; the green “recording” light is already blinking. A middle aged, average-looking man knocks on the door and is met by the woman, who is carrying two glasses of wine. After some small talk about the contractual nature of their evening, they undress and begin to have sex in what can only be described as “every imaginable position.”
Sounds like a typical porn film.
What isn’t typical is that the video was shown at the Friedrich Petzel Gallery in the Upper East Side of Manhattan as a part of Andrea Fraser’s most successful and controversial pieces of art ”Untitled” (2003). Fraser herself was the woman in the video, and the man from the hotel room was an American art collector who had bid $20,000 to be a part of the, errrr… “work of art.”
While the arrangement between Fraser and the collector can easily be described as prostitution, and the contents of the video identical to most of the hard-core pornography I’ve seen in my life, somehow this piece looks and feels like art.… Read the rest