Prostitute Passing

Public Trust Gallery celebrates its sordid past

They're either lying or just laying a good joke on us. Last time I checked my dictionary, besides the obligatory listing for the "oldest living professionals," prostitute was defined as a person who debases himself by misusing his talents in offering unworthy goods to the public. Poke your head in the door of Brian Gibb's Public Trust—née Art Prostitute—Gallery on Commerce Street at any time during its nascent four years, however, and what you'd have seen would hardly be called a misuse of talent. On the other hand there has been a lot of humor, satire and rib-sticking contemporary pop commentary laid up against the wall. (See for yourself at artprostitute.com.) If you've missed the shows, here's your chance to catch the "DVD highlights" at One Up: An Art Prostitute Retrospective Exhibition and Humanitarian Aid Benefit. (Gibb prefers the former gallery name now attached to his associated trade publication.) Works from more than 50 former exhibitors are included in the show and 20 percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to an aid organization chosen by you, the buyer. An opening reception with entertainment by The Party is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at The Public Trust, 2919-C Commerce St. The show hangs through June 18. Call 214-760-7170.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: April 28. Continues through June 18
 
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