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Going Dutch.

Byline: By Linda Richards

Re-creation of infamous red-light district is on its way to Tyneside for the latest Baltic exhibition

TAKE a walk on the wild side with a visit to the Baltic's forthcoming exhibition.

A red-light street with prostitutes lurking in darkened doorways is being brought to the contemporary art gallery on Gateshead quayside.

The Hoerengracht, constructed in the 1980s is the largest of more than 80 works created by American artists Edward and Nancy Kienholz which will occupy two levels from May 14.

Throughout the summer visitors will be able to stroll down the street, based on Amsterdam's famous red-light district, presided over by female mannequins cast from living bodies.

The work, measuring more than 13 metres long, is one of the most ambitious life-size environments ever undertaken by the artists.

This is the exhibition's first showing in the UK and the first showcasing of the Kienholtzs' work in this country since 1971 .

It also provides a rare opportunity for North East art lovers to see the couple's provocative and often shocking work spanning over 40 years.

The exhibition features pieces from 1963 made by Ed ( remembered by art critic Robert Hughes as a "profuse, energetic, sometimes brilliant and sometimes hopelessly corny artist" ( as well as collaborative pieces since their marriage and more recent works by Nancy since Ed died of a heart attack in 1994.

The pair are known for producing outrageous , passionate works that confront people with the darker side of contemporary American life.

Several works in the exhibition were made in direct response to the US engagement in Vietnam.

Other large room-sized environments include The Ozymandias Parade, a huge mirrored float, almost nine metres long, featuring mannequins, two of whom ride life-size fibreglass horses.

Another installation of the Statue of Liberty has a neon sign above its head with the words "It's not my fault".
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 30, 2005
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