Nan Goldin’s Klara and Edda Belly Dancing photoposted by MR WAVETHEORY at 9/26/2007 12:14:00 PM
Nan Goldin’s Klara and Edda Belly Dancing photo is stirring up controversy in London, because Elton John owns the photo and police in England think it is inappropriate material - aka child porn. The truth is that the photo shown above has been exhibited at major international art exhibits with absolutely no problem. It's art and sometime art is provocative.
The British are just pulling Elton John's leg and we all know it! The photograph 'Klara And Edda Belly Dancing' of two young girls, is taken by Goldin. One of the girls is depicted sitting on the ground with her legs spread wide apart. Further details of the picture are unknown.
The nice thing about the internet is that Elton John was able to respond to the seizure on his website. He had a statement posted immediately.
The photograph entitled "Klara and Edda belly-dancing" (1998) is one of 149 images comprising the "Thanksgiving" installation by renowned US photographer Nan Goldin.
The photograph exists as part of the installation as a whole and has been widely published and exhibited throughout the world. It can be found in the monograph of Ms Goldin's works entitled "The Devil's Playground" (Phaidon, 2003), has been offered for sale at Sotheby's New York in 2002 and 2004, and has previously been exhibited in Houston, London, Madrid, New York, Portugal, Warsaw and Zurich without any objections of which we are aware.
Elton John is known as one of the world's foremost collectors of photographic art and has several thousand photographs in his collection, including works by Man Ray, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Diane Arbus and Ansel Adams.
Elton John purchased the "Thanksgiving" installation from the White Cube gallery in London (contact: Deirdre Cott. + 44 (0)20 7930 5373) in 1999, and the installation is presently on loan to The Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art in Newcastle.
Thank goodness for the internet.