Vintage Erotic Bookplates

Erotica // Friday, January 23, 2015
We're enjoying this fantastic collection of vintage erotic bookplates (ex libris) from a whole host of countries and decades, though beware, many of the illustrations can be very nsfw...

Tom of Finland: Early Work 1944 – 1972

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.

The Darkness: Photography by Bill Henson

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. 

Light And Earth: The Nude Photography of Lucien Clergue

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.

The Twisted World of Steve Gianakos

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. . . "

Real Surreal Photography by Andi Galdi Vinko

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. 

Marilyn Minter: PLUSH

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. 

Best of 2014: Pink, A series by Prue Stent

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."

Rosie O'Laskey by Todd Pendu

Erotica // Wednesday, December 24, 2014
The shoot with LA-based model Rosie O'Laskey and I went quite well as we walked through the backstreets among the warehouses and industrial garages of Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY. Rosie was wearing only heels and a long black coat over underwear and stockings. At times we were shooting her half-naked with workers just around the corner having no idea we were there.

Best of 2014: Lucy Hilmer's 40 Years of Birthday Suits

Photography // Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Every year on her birthday photographer Lucy Hilmer takes a self-portrait defiantly wearing only socks, boots, and a pair of white underpants. She documented forty years of her life in this way, starting in 1974 as a twenty-nine year old photography student...
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