Louise Bourgeois Fillette (Sweeter Version) 1968-89
And we end our day on the late queen of human sexuality and the frank and piercing gaze, Louise Bourgeois. She was a gift.
Sissle Honore Ceci N’est Pas Une Erection 1994
The taboo on the depiction of an erect penis, is still matter of legal contention, and remained largely unchallenged. Even art schools, ‘a haven for the outrageous and confrontational’ (Cooper, 1996, p236) are not immune. An image on the theme of sexual desire by Sissle Honore, which included a shot of an erect penis, was banned by the director of Take That! the photographic show put on by students, from the University of Westminster. A witty response to this and inspired by Rene Magritte’s ‘Ceci n’est Pas Une Pipe’ Honore produced the image ‘Ceci n’est Pas Une erection’ 1994. When this image depicting a close up of a distinctly feminine hand reaching over to fondle an erect penis, appeared in the catalogue advertising the degree exhibition, ‘a black square masked out the erect penis, thus heighten the sensational dimension of the image’ (Cooper, 1996, p237).
Annie Leibovitz Keith Haring 1987
Annie Leibovitz John and Yoko Rolling Stone Cover 1981
Annie Leibovitz Jeff Koons 1991
Annie Leibovitz Mark Morris 1990
While I haven’t been too interested in her work (save for some landscapes and music photography) her early treatment of the male nude is really profound. She was able to switch easily between the essence of a man’s true self and the sensuality that is so difficult to capture when dealing with the subject.
Peggy Sirota Giancarlo Stanton
Victorious Youth Greek, 300-100 B.C.
In my searching for examples of the male nude, I came across something interesting, we have no problem with the naked body of an elite male athlete. ESPN has a Body Issue, full of ideal bodies of men, naked, in various athletic poses. Now, on a superficial societal level, one would think, “Nope, dudes don’t want to see other dudes naked bodies” but obviously that’s wrong or they wouldn’t commission it year after year. What is it about an elite athlete’s body that is non-threatening or non-sexual? Is it because as a society we raise them and consider them above us? As titans, super human strength and agility that us plebes know we could never reach no matter how hard we tried? It’s a tradition that has gone back since art has practically existed, mighty hunters, valiant warriors, and brave Olympians (pictured above). For a body so powerful, yet so non-threatening to men and women alike, provides a powerful juxtaposition. Is it their place on the pedestal of heroes that makes us feel safe and lets us enjoy the view with a sense of awe instead of intimidation? Thoughts?
Sam Taylor-Johnson* Soliloquy VIII
*Formally Sam Taylor-Wood, I only just found out she changed her name.
So it’s a special Wednesday* here at Hyde or Die. Not really, just different. The other day Molly Lambert and Ross Leonardy brought up the point of while there are plenty of men doing female nudes, where are the women doing men? Well, I’m finding all of them and posting today. So, heads up, I anticipate a lot of man thigh.
I’ll be tagging them The Female Gaze for your easy searchability.
*Hump day. heh.
Noah Jashinski …and some days feel like a Goddard film.
I couldn’t be more pleased to announce that as of right now I am selling this incredible photograph by Noah Jashinski on Hyde or Buy!
I met Noah when one of my favorite people (jerk) moved to NY and she had a going away party. I knew we would be fast friends and immediately got mad at said jerk for keeping him from me for so long. Besides being a Grade A solid human being and friend he’s an incredibly talented photographer and I knew I had to have him! Luckily for me he agreed.