Artist Karen Finley Would Like You to Sext Her

But it's only for the sake of art
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 1, 2013 4:21 PM CDT

(Newser) – Karen Finley's upcoming exhibit at the New Museum in New York City is ... unique. As part of "Sext Me if You Can," Finley wants men and women to send her illicit texts and photos, which she will then turn into works of art. The images she creates will hang in the museum from May 23-26, and participants will then take home one of the pieces they inspired. Prices range from $200 for a work on paper to $500 for a large oil canvas. Those who participate will show up for a private 10-minute sitting, during which they will be provided with a phone number and commence texting.

"That's right, a legendary New York provocateur will translate your nudie pic or lewd words into paint," writes Priscilla Frank at the Huffington Post. The New Museum's take is a little more restrained: "Through this process, the erotic exchange with the artist—bound by rules of commerce—transforms into a lasting and collectible work of art." Finley famously had an NEA grant revoked in the 1990s after critics derided her work as obscene.

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