Fragmented Nudes by Joshua Bronaugh

Erotica // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Joshua Bronaugh's erotic paintings engage with a sense of immediacy, gesture and medium that are both expression and experience of the sensual. The media used are surprising--oil piant, motor oil, alkyd and gold float on plastic support. His loose brushwork divides the body into shards of color, creating an image of the body as if seen through broken glass, a gorgeous method that forces us to re-imagine the human form. Like mirages, Bronaugh's paintings tempt us and flit away, never completely whole. Bronaugh says that the most exciting part of painting for him is "the idea that I don't know how a painting will end. I like to think of a canvas as a Petri dish... painting has a life and force of its own."

Sculptures by Kristians Brekte

Erotica // Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Kristians Brekte is a weird master of all forms, and we're enjoying exhibiting his work in different mediums in our erotica department. Known best for his ultra-graphic paintings of skull-faced girls, Brekte also makes sculptures that rival his paintings in weirdness. Brekte encapsulates cratures in formaldehyde inside of little jars and creates wall-hanging effigies of barbies and dolls. Pasting together pig's feet, duck heads, skulls and snakes with action figures, teddy bears and barbies, Brekte's sculptures are reminiscent of Sid from Toy Story, the maniacal teenager putting together broken bits of children's shrapnel. 

The Lush Photography of Edward Ysais

Erotica // Monday, May 06, 2013
Edward Ysais is a superbly talented young photographer based in San Gabriel, California. His luscious images evoke an eastern exoticism reminiscent of the early twentieth century, using sumptuous color palettes and subdued lighting effects to create softly erotic photographs.  His varied influences include photographers like Edward Weston and Jan Saudek, painters such as Picasso, Egon Shiele, and Gustav Klimt, and writer Henry Miller.

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...

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