R. Crumb's Varieties of Women

Erotica // Monday, May 06, 2013
In 2009 American artist R. Crumb was commissioned by W Magazine to offer his take on the history of women, from buxom cave dwellers to Playboy Playmates. For this project Crumb drew from life, photographs, imagination, and memory, as well as from his own high school yearbook, depicting schoolgirls he once knew as classmates. The result is a funny, sardonic, and oddly sweet albeit off-beat portrayal of women through the ages. 

Along The Wall with Yevgeniy Matveyev

Erotica // Monday, May 06, 2013
Born in 1950 in the Moscow area, Yevgeniy Matveyev is a Russian painter and photographer currently living and working in Kiev. We love the dynamism of composition and flow of movement in his photo series "Along the Wall," which, as far as we can gather, is a tapestry of social, political, and erotic attitudes reflecting the profound historical shifts of modern Russia. 

THE ILLUSION OF NADYA

Erotica // Sunday, May 05, 2013
A beautiful, fluid shoot with the model Nadya Shaye acting as the center of the perfect storm of skin, soft fabric and illusion in this shoot from Michael David Adams. The haunting beauty is complimented by the barely there makeup from Mary Irwin.   

Still Shooting Men

Erotica // Saturday, May 04, 2013
Vivienne Maricevic has been taking fine art nude photographs of men for a long time. Her photographs go beyond the typical 20-something male Chippendale erotic image--her subjects are very real, contemporary men, often in their later years and posed with props, toys, masks, fabric or anything they may want. These photographs move between the realms of photography and erotica--the tempered black-and-white aesthetic brings to them a sense of maturity and study.   

Richard Kern's New York Girls

Erotica // Friday, May 03, 2013
'Richard Kern, photographer and filmmaker remains, first and foremost, a portraitist.   For more than two decades Kern has sought to unravel and illuminate the complex and often darker sides of human nature. Kern makes the psychological space between the sitter, photographer and audience his subject. With his dry, matter of fact approach, he underlines the absurdity of truth and objectivity in photography while playing with our reliance upon taxonomies around sexual representation.' 

Doris Kloster's Feminine Archetypes

Erotica // Friday, May 03, 2013
Doris Kloster is a world-recognized artist and curator whose unique vision has found expression in art books of her own conception, international art exhibitions, installations and films. Her portraits of nude women allow her to focus on confronting female stereotypes. Femme Fatale, vamp, bimbo, bitch goddess, Lolita, whore -- what power do these words hold over women's self image? These women own their sexual power and are not afraid to show it. Some of the women pictured here are professional actors, others are models, still others are performance artists...

Pinup Bombshells by Bunny Yeager

Erotica // Friday, May 03, 2013
Bunny Yeager (born Linnea Eleanor Yeager; March 13, 1930) is an American photographer and former pin-up model. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. Yeager became one of the most photographed models in Miami. After retiring from modeling, she began her career behind the camera. She met Bettie Page in 1954, and took most of the photographs of her that year...

William Copley's Erotic Art

Erotica // Thursday, May 02, 2013
William Copley, also known as "CPLY," is a self-proclaimed painter, writer, gallerist, collector, patron, publisher and art entrepeneur. Copley's friend John Ployardt introduced Copley to Surrealist painting. The two traveled together to Mexico and New York to look at art and submerge themselves in Surrealist ideas, then the two hatched a plan to open a gallery to exhibit Surrealist art in LA. Copley came into contact with Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and many other influential artists. His graphic paintings depict scenes of erotica in a cartoon-influenced style.  

Peter Fendi's Acrobatic Erotica

Erotica // Thursday, May 02, 2013
Peter Fendi was an Austrian painter, engraver and lithographer who got his kicks making watercolors and lithographs of fancifully explicit sex scenes. Fendi was a child prodigy and was accepted into the St. Anne's Academy of Fine Art in Austria when he was 13, then went on to create these explicit and wonderfully weird artworks. Art historians are unsure whether Fendi himself actually did these paintings, but in any case they're worth looking through, if not for the artistic value than for the impressive feats these characters perform during intercourse.  

Anthony Christian's "Crucifixion of the Female Principal"

Erotica // Thursday, May 02, 2013
Anthony Christian's colossal painting "The Crucifixion of the Female Principle" depicts a woman levitating above fields, flanked by a population of nude women languishing in the clouds. This eroticized take on Renaissance paintings transforms the religious into a study of the body and female form in an elevated vision of this commodified pose. The roses set in place of blood where the nails bound Christ to the cross indicate a sense of voluptuousness in the place of violence. This painting replaces religious iconography with the erotic and the female, producing commentary on the image of the female in our artistic culture.   

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