Erotica // Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Touko Laaksonen a.k.a. Tom of Finland (1920 – 1991) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s most influential artists for his revolutionary representation of the male figure. His drawings of fantastically muscled men engrossed in acts of homoerotic desire comprise one of the most inventive portrayals of the human body in modern times. These pictures of gay men as virile, confident, and unashamed–equally radical for their near-illicit, underground distribution–originated an empowering queer iconography and liberating spirit that increasingly inspires popular culture.
Erotica // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Australian photographer Bill Henson has long been a staple in the photography world, sometimes with controversty attached (see wikipedia). But this series is dark, mysterious, a little creepy, as you go in and out of the light and see subjects emerge and fall back into the darkness. Yes, Henson has an odd track record of picking models, but these photos are arresting to say the least.
Erotica // Friday, January 16, 2015
A series of beautiful nude photos by the master of light, the late French photographer Lucien Clergue. He passed away on November 15th 2014, and is not only famous for extraordinary photography, but for his long-time friendship with Pablo Picasso.
Erotica // Thursday, January 15, 2015
Per the Fredericks and Freiser website, who just finished showing a body of work from the awesomely twisted and salacious mind of Steve Gianakos. "Steve Gianakos has been playing vulgarity and offensive humor against sophistication in his paintings and drawings for over 30 years. Using mostly old, non-specific cartoon graphics, rendered through a mechanical process, Gianakos portrays the human condition as an absurd interplay of sexuality and psychological fragmentation. . . "
Erotica // Tuesday, January 13, 2015
There are both surreal and subtly odd things going on in this photo series bt Andi Galdi Vinko for Dazed. The Hungarian artist says of the series, “I usually only work with hairstylists and makeup artists when it comes to commissioned projects and usually our hands are tied and we can't go crazy. Here, we had no rules to follow, no client and no demands”. Well, she and her friends basically have made us all wonder if you are supposed to have glue that close to your belly button.
Erotica // Monday, January 12, 2015
Don Pablo Pedro's bio reads something like this: There once was a beautiful nymph, an amazing creature with ﬁve heads and three pussies. The nymph was seduced by a magniﬁcent satyr. The satyr was revered as the greatest house painter in the small port town in which both hid. The nymph bore two sons from this union, although both were extremely unusual...
Erotica // Friday, January 09, 2015
Robert Babylon has been creating erotic photography for 15 years, capturing everything from raunchy bondage to soft, sensual black-and-whites celebrating the human body, ever since he became bored of his work at the British National Space Programme. Taking a risk, he followed his passion for photography -- a hobby since he was 15 -- teaming up with his equally open-minded wife, Caroline Martin, to create erotic art.
Erotica // Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Marilyn Minter has long been one of the most talented and alluring of hyperreal painters, and her depictions of the female form are almost surreal in their finished state. Now, well, she has focused her attention on pubic hair, both in painting and photography, and we mean lots of pubic hair, in a new book called "Plush," for which there were only a limited edition of 500 printed with 10 deluxe copies, published by Richard Prince's Fulton Ryder book shop.
Erotica // Monday, January 05, 2015
Renowned photographer Bettina Rheims had her first exhibition in 1981, featuring strip-tease artists and acrobats. She discovered her love of photography after working as a model, and later as a journalist and art dealer. For her series 'Just Like a Woman,' "Rheims shoots her models from above for the first time, placing them in a closer and more intimate relationship to herself. She captures the women waking up in the morning, still half-asleep in the throes of a beautiful agony between pleasure and suffering… What they feel in this fleeting moment can only be read in their eyes."
Erotica // Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Let's take a moment to celebrate the color pink, in all its glory, in all its rare use in the natural world or art in general. For some reason, seeing this great series of Pink by Melbourne's Prue Stent made us realize just how rare pjnk is used, or better yet, how rare it is that pink is used well. From Staged Photography, "The themes of her photography center around femininity and the struggle of identity in women. The color pink is used to represent femininity either physically or emotionally throughout her work."