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10 posts categorized "art"

September 17, 2008

2 Days and 250 Million Dollars Later...

It's quite naive to think that artists are the sole creators of their work. They have an idea, but if they have a large team of co-workers, or preside over a team of people, is it all about them? But as is always the case, the 'head artist' is the one that is blessed with fame. David Hirst, to me, may differ from Andy Warhol in terms of style, but they're both similar in the way they create art - by having 'staff' to help them create it; it's very difficult to admit a dislike for Andy Warhol's work, but I don't think Warhol a big deal and I can understand why whacko feminist Solanas tried to shoot him dead - when she didn't fit into his 'clique' and cast her aside, she didn't know what to do. I've never liked his work and loathed high school art classes during my teacher's Warhol moments. When I told my art teacher in my senior year in high school, she thought me a philistine, but I couldn't see the art in recreating something like a Campbell's Soup can. Warhol didn't create the design but because he reproduced it, it was 'oh wow,' and made artsy New Yorkers wet their pants. I guess many of them hadn't visited The Louvre. Such artists take the credit, and others that work beneath them remain anonymous, and I guess this part of art irritates me because art, unlike other industries tends to focus on the individual (artist). It's not like the fashion industry, let's say, where one designer takes the credit after sweat shops put clothes together and/or assistant designers do the grunt work.

The latest update (total financial tally) on the David Hirst sale at Sotheby's boggles the mind, but the other thing that caught my eye was this:

"Last year the artist, who works with a team of about 200, sold a platinum skull encrusted with 8601 diamonds for £50 million in a private sale. It is thought to be the world's most expensive piece of contemporary art."

Ergo, it takes 200 people to make David Hirst, David Hirst, and it's now, after months of reading interviews with art curators, some of whom have critiqued his work, that I can see the portion of critics do have a point. Did Picasso have 200 people working under him? Did Dali? Did Vincent Van Gogh? Did Henry Moore? Did Leonardo da Vince or Michaelangelo?

Another quote from the SMH article:

"Not everyone was happy with this week's auction. The Stuckist art movement, which promotes figurative art as opposed to conceptual art, said buyers were mad to buy Hirst's work at such prices."

Now, if I refer to my previous post, especially the final sentence, I wouldn't say 'mad' but stupid. One would have to be stupid (or pretentious to the point of stupidity) to fork out nine million pounds for a shark in formaldehyde. The irony is such that these ridiculous purchasers think they know about art because of the money they have to buy it, or they follow what pooncy gallery staff tell them is art (because the commission is stupendous - it beats working in a call center or a boutique ferrying clothes to socialites). Imagine the commission on a nine million pound shark in in formaldehyde?

I'm still toying with the idea of menstrual art; sticking an adhesive sanitary pad on a canvas and titling it "Day One: The Red Sea". (note: if you're an artist and you've read this, and it's tickled your mind and you copy it, I'll hunt you down and kill you).


It could be called art...After all, didn't that other idiot create 'Piss Christ'? What the hell was that all about? He didn't need urine to do it. Photoshop could have sufficed, but without the urine there is no controversy is there?


June 11, 2008

If You're in Berlin

Berlin would be the place I'd like to be in two weeks. The Helmut Newton Foundation has a great exhibition coming up, opening on 19 June. The exhibition is titled Pigozzi and the Paparazzi and highlights the classic era of paparazzi photography.

June 06, 2008

Art & Erotica Update

Here in my nocturnal mode, I am about to get some shut-eye but I couldn't do it without updating a few things.

I added a membership registration section to Lucrezia Magazine, and at the present time this enables registered users to add/submit any event they wish to promote: book tours, book launches, book publication dates, art exhibitions, film releases, you name it. I am adding categories as I go, but should you wish to add something and find you're stuck on a category, add it to a similar listed category and I can amend it.

Lastly, saving the best to last:
New Erotica in the form of a short story titled Three Things, which involves the sexy things a couple get up to when they use their Sex Jar.

Art is fantastic, and presents the equally fantastic Molly Crabapple.

Did anyone say condom? There is an article about condoms, namely non-latex condoms that raises interesting points.

And there are all the other articles that were added earlier this week. Check the 'Latest' section on the gray sidebar for an update.

With that, I bid you all a goodnight (or good morning, depending on location).

May 19, 2008

There's More to Love (and more to paint)

I read about Lucian Freud's painting, 'Benefits Supervisor Sleeping,' in today's newspapers, and amid some criticism, this painting is hailed as one of the highest priced paintings by a living artist.

Its unusual subject is unusual (perhaps) due to the high attention given to the streamlined or whippet thinFreudportrait372x192 model which graces fashion magazines, film and television, and as a painting it does demand another perspective. The record price, $33.6 million, is staggering but its subject matter adds a positive note. This painting reminds me of the fertility goddess fetishes that are well rounded, large breasted, with ample hips and thighs.

It's strange to see such a painting, one that may as well be from a bygone era in today's art circles fetching such a high price, and it's fantastic.
After all, when there's more to love, there's more to paint...and a little more controversy.

March 24, 2008

A woman for All Seasons - Helmut Newton

Helmutnrewton “My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.” - Helmut Newton

There are so many portraits attributed to Newton. One can sit down and spend hours exploring the women within his images, their attitudes, and poses. He has captured many emotions, each identifiable within one's personal female world.

For more Helmut, visit this site here.

May 13, 2007

Moments in Time

Gse1 There are two doses of sexy that I’d like to introduce. The first one has been a long time coming, and you can find it here. Stelios has many other photographs on his professional site, Viceatelier, that are eye catching, sensual and picturesque. I like ‘Capturing the Moment,’ because it’s a fun sexy moment and an unusual pose.


If you’ve been looking for that sexy soundtrack or simply desire something threaded with aural sensuality, then visit Sexual Song. There you’ll find a sample selection of hot - and I mean hot - tracks that are scented with orgasmic melodies and beats. It was difficult to extricate myself; as soon as I recover from my iTunes overdose in the earlier part of the week, I'll get round to downloading one of the two albums: Sexual Songs 1 or 2. Each song highlights a specific morsel of the erotic dance, be it foreplay or a part within the foreplay.


Eddie Ostrowski has updated his web site and has also included new photographs of Nora Marlo for visitors to visually sample, and there are many visual treats.

November 28, 2006


Starting a new page, on a new platform, is starting another chapter. One of the important elements is getting the page to look right for one's self. I started off with the banner, the image within it is a well known picture of Nastassja Kinski, taken by Richard Avedon ( 1923 -2004 ) and it's been one of my favorite pictures for more than a decade.

For Nastassja, this photograph essentially consolidated her iconic status as one of the most erotic-sex symbols of the era. Taken after her film debut in Tess (Tess of the D'urbevilles), this photograph was pretty much seen around the world. It could be equally as famous as Farah Fawcett's red swimsuit shot.

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November 13, 2006

Sensuality by the Sea



I’ve been lazy, and a little caught up in NanoWrimo to do a Male on Sunday post, and I spent the bulk of today at Bondi Beach viewing the Sculptures by the Sea Exhibition along with thousands of others.

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September 20, 2006

Eroticandy & Me - Round Two

The past twelve months have seen more photographic action from me, and a huge extra via Eddie Ostrowksi, and his treatment of my recent bathroom pictures. I'm stoked, and quite content with the vivid aspects and the colour. I think there's more of me there now, than what there was when I took the pictures with my humble Canon.

It had been more than two years since I even stepped in front of a camera. Prior to starting this blog, I put it on the backburner, put it out of my mind because I felt that there was nothing to share with the lens and I didn’t feel like visually sharing the various things that I was experiencing or thinking about two to three years ago. Within the last year I rewound back many years, and considered the option of documenting myself before time ran out and I found myself pushing a walking frame in a nursing home but wasn't really one hundred percent sure about it but it all unfolded, and the first time images of me appeared on Eroticandy I peered through my interlaced fingers and thought, 'okay, what do we have here?' and how would it be, only because it was a completely new step/risk, something entirely different.

Being on Eroticandy the first time, in April of this year, is what pushed me to be a bit more daring and to move forward in expressing myself photographically.

Thank you Eddie :)

May 27, 2006

The Great Masturbator

I don’t consider myself an agent provocateur, but there are moments where the itch surfaces. My previous post may not sit well within today’s notions of what masturbation is - a primarily genitally focused activity. This, I find boring, so limited, so I thought today I’d visit another facet of masturbation, perhaps something that is hardly considered in the contemporary realm of published ‘sex’ where genitals tend to rule.

Great20masturbator From my mid teens onward, all the literature on masturbation I’d come across was always fixated on the genital portrayal - how to, what to touch, and so on. It reached the point of absurdity, for me, when I’d come across assertions that masturbation would enhance my sex life. To this day, I don’t see a correlation as to how this is so because masturbation and intercourse are two separate things (it's never been scientifically proven, and more a case of people telling other people that it's the 'way it is' when there is no substantiated evidence, which can leave one sector of a population feeling more confused.) where masturbation is a solo activity (mutual is another dimension altogether) and intercourse, is the opposite- all about interacting with another person.

If I’m doing the deed with another person and I have to masturbate while I’m doing the deed, and have to utilize mental visions in order to enhance my experience, then I’m essentially thinking of something/someone else while I’m fucking with a person. It defeats the purpose. It’s a different thing to mutually masturbate, in synchrony, and different to resort to masturbation in order to climax while a person is doing you, or you’re doing them. Perhaps my sexual ego is so fragile, that I don’t like to think about the possibility of them thinking about someone else. Then again I suspect the majority would prefer for a partner to think of them exclusively. The male and female sexual pathway is different. Men are wired differently sexually, they reach their sexual zenith faster whereas women take their time. Thus, I don’t understand how my masturbating is supposed to prep me for sex, not even after popping my cherry at 17.

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