Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dash Snow

Snow began taking photographs as a teenager, he said, as a record of places he might not remember the next day.
Like photographers Nan Goldin, Larry Clark and Ryan McGinley his photos depict scenes of a sex, drug taking, violence and art-world pretense with candor, documenting the decadent lifestyle of a group of young New York City artists and their social circle.
Some of Snow's later collage-based work was characterized by his practice of using his own semen as a material applied to or splashed across newspaper photographs of police officers and other authority figures.

Snow died on the evening of July 13, 2009, at Lafayette House, a hotel in lower Manhattan. His grandmother Marie-Christophe de Menil was quoted as saying that he died of a drug overdose.





Thursday, May 10, 2012

Salvador Dali - A Soft Self Portrait - Complete

Originally produced for a French television audience, this portrait of the surrealist artist Salvador Dali details the dreamlike inspiration behind many of his avant-garde creations. Set in Dali's hometown of Lligat, Spain, the artist himself takes the viewer on a tour of the creative process that is behind his remarkable body of work. Journey into the subconscious of one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and take a look at the world through Salvador Dali's eyes with this program that he both designed and performed. The documentary is directed by Jean-Christopher Averty, with narration provided by Orson Welles.


Thank you to the Youtube user skriddler

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Giulio Romano

It's not every day that you learn about your new favorite Renaissance painter, and that is exactly what happened to me the other day. I was reading a discussion about Art vs. Porn. The article listed 10 artists from the 20th century, and as I went through the different comments, someone mentioned that all the listed artwork was pretty tame, and they compared it to a painting by Giulio Romano, Jupiter and Olympia. I clicked the link and I was really surprised about what came up:

Jupiter and Olympia

The image is obviously explicit, and being immersed in the American culture, I've sort of learned to separate sexuality from art, so seeing a painting that so masterfully depicts:

* Explicit sex
* An erection
* A voyeur
* An uncircumcised penis

It pretty much goes against a lot of assumptions that you see in some scenes, ahem, deviantArt!

Add to it the quality of the drawing and painting. The pose of the female, the coloring and construction of the muscles, obviously made me think of Michelangelo. But the mood was something totally different, something that I had never seen.

Of course the next step is Google. And I was really in for a treat, not so much on the erotic side of things, but in the art that I was about to find.

"Giulio Romano (c. 1499 – November 1, 1546) was an Italian painter and architect. A prominent pupil of Raphael, his stylistic deviations from high Renaissance classicism help define the 16th-century style known as Mannerism." (This and more here: http://www.all-art.org/DICTIONARY_of_Art/g/giulio1.htm)

Donna al Bagno
I recommend looking up his artwork. Now, regarding his more erotic side, there was a book published in the renaissance that included engravings based on paintings that Romano was doing as a commission. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Modi

Another interesting article about I Modi: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2010/dec/10/shakespeare-dirty-pictures (Are these Shakespeare's dirty pictures?)

Finally, just an FYI: I LOVE the Italian Renaissance: Michelangelo, Leonardo, Botticelli, a triad of incredible masters. And with them, Giulio Romano, definitively a master.