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is there a cut off age at which time men must stop looking at women?

Don’t know about how you may feel, and perhaps if you’re a female reading this your opinion may differ. 
First, the guys here will all agree I think, or surely most will, that we love looking at women.  They don’t even have to be naked believe it or not, to grab our attention.  Of course, half clothed or no clothed is always gonna be bonus for us and age generally does not inhibit our desire to look.
Believe me, our male lives could be easier had mommy nature given us a break but no.  We’re born this way.
But I do have a serious objection with an attitude shown in this article, and one that many women are quick to refer to about men and girl gazing.
It’s the awful use of the following three words used together.
“Dirty old men.” OK, I suppose there are such men. But are they dirty merely because they’re old?  Is there some written in stone age at which men should stop looking?  Are the invitations we’re swamped with on TV and magazines and on line and newspapers, meant to be seen only by men up to 25?  30?  Where?  What age is the cut off when the male is supposed to go blind and ignore the images he’s surrounded by? 
Our lives would be easier if we lost all interest at the point where women were no longer interested in us.  But no. We go on long after our use by date. 

So now on to this article that has to do with art and peep shows. Yeah.  Kind of stupid and you can trust some dippy art house to come up with with this sort of artsy fartsy thing. Read the article and you’ll understand why I say that.
The national gallery has pictures on display and in addition someone had the bright idea of combining a peep show of nude or semi so to go along with famous paintings.  Look, there are naked models on display.  What the hell did the idiots expect?  Are they neuters?  They’re upset because men came to see the naked ladies but not the art.  DUH.  Well imagine that.

Does this tell you anything about how art is presented and even label as “art?”

Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, whose previous work includes a video of himself dressed as a bear wandering aimlessly around a gallery.

That’s described as ‘his work.’ Imagine that will ya. His work?  Seems like anyone calling themselves an artist can do just about any dumb thing they want, and as long as it’s labeled as “art” well heck.  It must be. Rubbish. And ppl buy this nonsense.  They take it all kinds of serious. Which of course encourages the meat-heads.

Here ya go.  Take a look at this and then share your thoughts please.


Curators disturbed by ‘dirty old men’ at the National Gallery: Titian peepshow attracts unwelcome audience

By DALYA ALBERGE

It was supposed to be a tribute to a Renaissance master.

But the National Gallery’s latest exhibition – which features women recreating nude scenes from Titian’s paintings – is attracting a type of visitor not normally found in the capital’s cultural landmark.

Curators are disturbed at the plethora of ‘dirty old men’ who come to look through peepholes at the naked models, ignoring the masterpieces on the wall.

The Diana installation, part Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, was conceived by Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger, whose previous work includes a video of himself dressed as a bear wandering aimlessly around a gallery.

His piece is inspired by Titian’s Diana paintings, in which the hunter Actaeon stumbles upon the chaste goddess as she bathes.

Since the show opened last week, men have been sidling up to staff and asking for directions to ‘the peepshow thingy’.

One has visited five times in just seven days, while some older men have even complained to staff about the quality of the nudes – and the small size of the peepholes.

One worker, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Daily Mail: ‘The gallery used publicity shots of the youngest and prettiest model, and dirty old men have got a bit aggressive that [most of the] models are women in their late forties and fifties.’

Another said: ‘We really have sunk to new lows with this idea. These visitors have no interest in art at all.’

Last week the Mail observed a series of lone men peering through each peephole to study the model from every available angle. Few paid any interest to the three Diana paintings, which are being shown together for the first time since the 18th century.

‘I’ve come to the gallery just for this,’ one youth admitted. An older man, on being approached, muttered ‘sorry’ and fled, shielding his face.

Potential peepers should be advised that, according to myth, Diana turned her onlooker into a stag who was torn to pieces by hounds – as depicted in The Death Of Actaeon.

Wallinger called the story the ‘ultimate fable about voyeurism’. He told the Huffington Post: ‘Diana is about watching and being caught in the act, and evolved out of my desire to find a way of representing Diana bathing in a contemporary way.’

He used Twitter to find six Dianas, who strip off and behave in a manner that is ‘suitably goddess-ish’ for two-hour shifts.

Last week Nicholas Penny, the gallery’s director, said Wallinger’s work ‘makes you think about the spectator’s position in relation to art’.

The artist won the controversial Turner Prize in 2007 for his replica of Brian Haw’s anti-war protest site outside Parliament Square.

He had first been nominated for the prize in 1995, but was beaten by Damien Hirst.

photos at source

Damien Hirst. Now there’s a great con man masquerading as an artist.  And he’s a millionaire.  Label it art and ppl will buy anything.

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