Erotica // Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Before home video brought pornography into living rooms in the 1980s, adult films were projected to audiences in theaters and even reviewed by Variety and The New York Times. Films were often made under threat of legal action and for every big-budge film, "there were smaller films made in motel rooms with ookers or women who hated it...Just because it's old doesn't mean it's classic. Here are a collection of posters from that era of adult film...
Photography // Monday, April 06, 2015
Last month a book of photographs taken of Frida Kahlo in the last years of her life was published by Harry N. Abrams. For two years, photographer Gisèle Freund was welcomed into the home of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera allowing her to intimately document their daily lives. The images provide a glimpse into the personal practices of two of the most renowned painters in the medium’s history.
Photography // Tuesday, March 24, 2015
In 1977, at the height of the disco craze, a club opened at 254 West 54th Street in New York City. Studio 54 was—and, arguably, remains—the world's most renowned and legendary disco. Regularly attended by celebrities such as Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Calvin Klein, Elton John, John Travolta, Brooke Shields and Tina Turner, the club fostered an atmosphere of unadulterated hedonism for New York's art and fashion set.
Photography // Thursday, March 19, 2015
In 2014, photographer Vincent Kessler visited the Dreamdoll company workshop in Duppigheim, France where the company manufactures their lifelike sex dolls. Kessler captured the extensive manufacturing and care to detail used for each individual doll which visually explains their hefty price of no less than $6,150.
Photography // Tuesday, February 24, 2015
For Blake Little’s latest work, “Preservation,” Little executes a simple premise and a singular technique in which his mostly unclothed subjects are covered in gallons of honey while being photographed in the studio. It’s unwieldy, and evidence of that carries through into the pictures, in the faces and bodies of the models and in the dramatic configurations of the honey itself -- all serving to highlight this unique creative process further.
Illustration // Monday, February 09, 2015
Lauren Marx exhibits remarkable talent and clarity of vision. Lauren connects the animal world to the cosmos: 'I want the viewer to see the mammals as god-like representations of galaxies, nebulae, super massive black holes, flux ropes, and the like. The birds represent stars and space debris formed by the Universe.'
Erotica // Thursday, January 29, 2015
NYC-based photographer and Jacques founder Jonathan Leder's erotic photographs seem more like vintage film stills. Utilizing analog cameras--35mm and Polaroid--and shunning all artifical lighting and retouching practices, Leder infuses his portraits of young, often nude, women with a grainy, blurry quality that gives them an intimate, sometimes voyeuristic edge.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 27, 2015
It is always nice to see a skilled fantasy surreal painter, as is the case with artist Jacek Yerka. His paintings, at times, look like the inspiration of for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Delicatessen. That is a very good thing. Look at a mini-portfolio after the jump . . .
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.
Photography // Thursday, January 15, 2015
In 1971, photographer John Olson travelled the globe to photograph some of the biggest rock stars of the time. Not only was he taking portraits of these iconic figures, but he was photographing them in their parents’ homes posing with their parents.