Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Four photos by Arnoud Bakker

Four photos by Arnoud Bakker. All photos are copyright © '07 Arnoud Bakker

His work is featured in the current issue of dienacht magazine.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

"Lupe & Lola II" (2003) by Lisa Yuskavage

"Lupe & Lola II" (2003) by Lisa Yuskavage. From an auction. Estimated at 150,000—200,000 GBP (300,00 - 400,000 USD). 50.8 by 45.7cm. Oil on canvas.

"Nude 70" by Irving Penn

"Nude 70" by Irving Penn (1917). From an auction. Est. 15,000—25,000 USD.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Bunny Sees Boobs" by Colin Christian

"Bunny Sees Boobs" by Colin Christian. 5' high fiberglass sculpture, automotive paint job, a weighted 'boob' base. From the 'dirty bunnies' series.

"Apart Together" (1999) by Alicia Framis

"Apart Together" (1999) by Alicia Framis. 4'10'' (sound, colour). Collection: Netherlands Media Art Institute.

Clip requires Realplayer. Artist: born 1967, Barcelona, Spain, lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The room is completely dark, but every few seconds there is the flash of a stroboscopic lamp, and slowly but surely a recognizable image begins to take shape on your retina. A young woman is lying on a bed, wriggling herself out of her clothes. Each new image shows her more naked than the previous one. The camera is very close to her, one and a half metre away at the most. Things are becoming explicitly erotic when the woman begins to sigh more and more intensely, the situation becomes more and more electric: due to the presence of the camera; when the noises make you aware that the camera is also recording in the dark; when you notice that the camera must be hand-held, because the image is not static, and particularly when you can hear the woman\u2019s excited noises mixing with those of a man. This can only be the cameraman, who is getting more and more involved in the erotic play. Hesitating between watching curiously and keeping an appropriate distance, you try to determine your position. But it is difficult to escape from the presence of your gaze upon the scene. First and foremost because the dark intervals between the images tempt you to keep your eyes fixed on the woman. But eventually also because the lens of the camera has become an extension of your own eyes. Emphatically a sense that you share with the cameraman. And from exactly the same lack of distance, you see exactly what he sees, and what excites him so much.


"Fertility Goddess" by unknown artist

"Fertility Goddess" by unknown artist, Chinaberry Wood Carvings from Bali, 8" tall, $89.00. Sold out.

A gem from my bookmarks.

"La Jeune Fille Avec les Pâquerettes" (1889) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

"La Jeune Fille Avec les Pâquerettes" (1889) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919) was a leading painter in the development of the Impressionist style. As a celebrator of beauty, and especially feminine sensuality, it has been said that "Renoir is the final representative of a tradition which runs directly from Rubens to Watteau".

This is great art. I love this painting but it also makes me uncomfortable because of the combination of her youth ("Jeune Fille" means young girl) and Renoir's celebration of "feminine sensuality". What do you think?

"Gone." (2006) by Dorotka Ewentualnie

"Gone." (2006) by Dorotka Ewentualnie

"Untitled" (2005) by Dorotka Ewentualnie

Great images. Shame about the photoshopping. If you look at these two photos you can see that the same overlay has been applied to both images. Just look for the vertical lines in the top right corner. I'd recommend Dorotka to buy a second-hand Polaroid and re-shoot these images. And blow them up to a few feet, mount 'm on perspex, and get a show at Yossi Milo.

Via Hugo Strikes Back!

"Untitled" (2002) by Hanna Liden

"Untitled" (2002) by Hanna Liden

Hanna Liden was born in 1976 in Stockholm, Sweden. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2002 with a BFA in Photography. A 2006 solo exhibition in New York was called "Hairfaces, Scapegoats, Birds, Bloodsuckers, Squarehead & A Few Deaths".

Via Conscientious.

"Alice dans le Miroir" (1933) by Balthus

"Alice dans le Miroir" (1933) by Balthus, Centre Georges Pompidou. Photo: RMN/Philippe Migeat

Moving in 1933 into his first Paris studio at the Rue de Furstemberg and later another at the Cour de Rohan, Balthus showed no interest in modernist styles such as Cubism. His paintings often depicted pubescent young girls in erotic and voyeuristic poses. One of the most notorious works from his first exhibition in Paris was The Guitar Lesson (1934), which caused controversy due to its depiction of a sexually explicit depiction of a pre-pubescent girl being sexually molested by her teacher. Other important works from the same exhibition included La Rue (1933), La Toilette de Cathy (1933) and Alice dans le miroir (1933).

"Tracey Emin" (2006) by Tracey Emin

"Tracey Emin" (2006) by Tracey Emin

Boobs, beer & a bottle of water. Get the book at Amazon.

The most highly publicized of the infamous Young British Artists, Emin has stirred as much controversy as she has acclaim, being both highly personal and extremely original in her art. Emin's work is engaging, titillating, disturbing, and startlingly confessional. One of her most famous pieces is Everyone I Ever Slept With 1963-1995, a tent appliquéd with names. Another notorious work, My Bed—the scene where she spent four days contemplating suicide—was exhibited at Tate Britain when the artist was short-listed for the Turner prize in 1999. Though denounced by conservative critics at the outset, Emin's work has attracted serious critical attention for more than a decade. In the words of Art in America, "What brought Emin to prominence was shock value, but what keeps her work powerful as she continues is the strength and nuance of its form and content." Compiled in close collaboration with the artist herself—and unprecedented in its scope—this is the definitive book on Emin, featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures, appliqués and embroideries, neon and video stills as well as her own writing.