Greg Taylor’s exhibition of sculptures of female genitalia was first staged at Melbourne’s Meat Market Gallery in February 2008 as a preview exhibition.
Titled ‘CUNTS’, the exhibition’s promotional posters – displayed on Melbourne streets and in cafes, in A2 size and featuring nine of the porcelain sculptures – provoked controversy.
Local government councils responded to a minority of requests from the public to have the posters taken off the street.
“It has set tongues wagging, but what is the controversial exhibition C–ts really about?” Katherine Kizilos reports in The Age.
City pulls art posters
“Explicit posters advertising an art exhibition based on female genitalia have been torn down by Melbourne City Council officers, after deputy Lord Mayor Gary Singer declared them offensive.” Clay Lucas and Stephen Moynihan report in The Age.
The full exhibition of 140 sculptures, CUNTS and Other Conversations, opened on February 25, 2009 as part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival 2009. The Adelaide Fringe Festival felt censored both the title and the imagery of the exhibition in their programme.
The three week exhibition provoked the interest of police, the Adelaide Local Council and the Australian Family Association while the Australia Post refused to post out the opening night postcard invitation on the grounds that one Australia Post worker found both the word and the image offensive.
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