Considering that SHOWstudio's Bruton Place headquarters is based in a former brothel (albeit a nineteenth-century brothel latterly home to Maison Martin Margiela), it's rather appropriate that the latest SHOWstudio Shop exhibition goes under the title Selling Sex. Then again, it's also a neat link to fashion - which has so often co-opted sexuality as a means of hawking its wares (look at any early 1990s Gianni Versace show for evidence of that). Last night was the grand opening - no pun - and saw the art and fashion worlds collide once again under SHOWstudio's roof, both in the guest-list and the exhibition itself. The difference between this exhibition and any other staged at SHOWstudio is the fact that the artists - including Kim Mccarthy, Sarah Lucas, Christiana Soulou and Liz Cohen - are all female, each examining their visions of woman and sexuality. Countering John Berger's assertions of the sex that looks and the sex that is looked at - but conversely a direct reflection of the 'vampiristic' consumption of the female image by other females in fashion. Come consume for yourself….
The exhibition Selling Sex is open to the public until 1 Jun 2012 at SHOWstudio Shop, 1-9 Bruton Place, W1