From Miss Rosen’s article about the exhibition “Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work in the Late 20th Century” for Another Man:
In the years between the sexual revolution, Stonewall, and the advent of AIDS, the repressive respectability politics of the 1950s fell away, allowing a generation of men and women to come of age expressing their sexuality with more freedom than ever before. As social attitudes relaxed, many artists explored massage parlours, go-go bars, pornographic theaters, and strip clubs – the spaces where sex work flourished.
Greg Ellis of Ward 5B and Brian Paul Clamp have co-curated “Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work in the Late 20th Century,” a new group exhibition currently on view at ClampArt, New York, until September 22, 2018. Organised to coincide with David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night, this exhibition takes a look at the relationship between artists and sex workers.