Gil Elvgren's Vintage Pin-Ups

Juxtapoz // Monday, August 31, 2015
Gil Elvgren is regarded as one of the best pin-up artists in the history of American Illustration. From the mid 1930's through 1972, Elvgren produced over five hundred paintings of beautiful girls and women. Almost all of these works are oil on canvas, and fully developed finished works of art. Elvgren continually surpassed himself, always improving in ideas, composition, color, and technique.

The Legendary Mati Klarwein

Erotica // Monday, August 31, 2015
Mati Klarwein is often considered "the man literally responsible for every great, legendary record cover you've ever seen--if he didn't do it, he inspired it." The masthead of the psychedelic visual revolution, Klarwein's aesthetic is a beast of its own and its reverberations can be seen in a staggering amount of contemporary illustration, especially artwork made for music. These wild, expressive images harness an erotic power of their own, fueled by the iconically free-flowing sexuality of the era.

Lynn Bianchi's Spaghetti and Dessert Eaters

Erotica // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The scenarios Lynn Bianchi constructs emphasize the irony of body-consciousness. Small and heavy women cavort nude in celebratory displays of eating and dressing, challenging our ideals on weight, beauty and sexuality. Playing off Vargas pin-up girls, dress-up plays on sexuality, her work shows that every woman has import, in a nude spaghetti-eating way.

Uno Moralez: Graphic Graphics

Erotica // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Talented Russian illustrator Uno Moralez works in a graphic, near analog, bit-style, creating nostalgic, compelling illustrations that are both grotesque and beautiful.

Takato Yamamoto's "Heisei Estheticism"

Erotica // Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Takato Yamamoto's artwork is the brilliant, heavy-lidded daughter of illustration, sex and violence. Yamamoto's lush linework and exacting compositions depict young asian women in serene moments studded with darker narrative punchlines. Scenes of bondage and violence bleed slowly into the image as you look longer, yet Yamamoto never depicts any acts of violence--it is either impending or just completed...

The Intricate Illustration and Erotica of Richard Müller (1874-1954)

Erotica // Monday, July 13, 2015
Richard Müller (1874-1954) was born in the Bohemian city of Tschirnitz as the son of a weaver. His artistic talent was evident early on. In 1888, at the age of only 14, he was animated by a porcelain painter to enter the famous School of the Royal Saxon Porcelain Manufactory in Meissen, where he was immediately accepted...

Yuji Moriguchi's Erotic Paintings: Manga + Ukiyo-e

Erotica // Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Japanese artist Yuji Moriguchi's erotic painting style draws from Manga, tentacle erotica, and Ukiyo-e, a genre of woodblock prints emerging during the prosperous Edo period in Japan. The subject matter includes bestiality (often featuring sea animals or fantastical creatures). 

Everything is Fucked: The Work of Paul Yore

Erotica // Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Australian artist Paul Yore is familiar with controversy. His work over the years has been met with intense discussions about censorship and artistic freedom. His art has been seized by police and he has had to defend himself against criminal charges. His work has been described as a "dystopian, fastidiously constructed world drenched in psychedelic color and engaging provactively with issues of gay politics, gender, environmental destructions and capitalist critique."

Tina Lugo's Dark Illustrated Erotica

Erotica // Wednesday, July 01, 2015
We've posted before about Tina Lugo's illustrations—dark erotic scenes, influenced by her childhood immersion in cartoons, comics and videogames. Lugo lists as her biggest influence the Ero Guru Nansensu art movement of Japan—a name comprised of fractions of the english words erotic, grotesque, and nonsense. 

A Rare Super-8 Silent Film by Guy Bourdin

Fashion // Thursday, June 04, 2015
Guy Bourdin was a painter and legendary fashion photographer whose style has been pervasively appropriated in pop culture. Mentored by Man Ray, he avoided the limelight, focusing strictly on the creation of arresting pictures. Despite staging surreal mise en scènes for high-end brands like Vogue, fashion was the last thing on his mind. Sometimes, on the set of his shoots, Bourdin would bring out a super-8 cine camera, an example of which you can watch above.
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