593 posts categorized "ART"

Dec 21 2014
Making A Connection: A Gallery From Artist Seyed Shakib Comments (0)
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In order, the images are entitled: “Femme”, “Leaving the Darkness”, “Artist”, “Becoming a Virgin”, “Modern Medusa”, “Painting Love”, “Rebirth”, “She Wolf”, “Sacrifice of Media” & “Redemption”.

I wanted to call attention to the work of Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib, an artist in Iran whose imagery is in defiance of his country's take on art and self-expression. They remind me of '70s experimental photography, in particular (though stripped down) of Steven Arnold. Thematically, there's definitely a Kahlo try in there. My favorites are “Painting Love” and “Modern Medusa”.

Yours?

The artist says:

“This photo collection is not only a bunch of pictures which try to escape from reality. Each picture is a part of reality that we try to ignore and bury them in the deepest place that we can find at our unconscious. First, I've faced with each frame when I was traveling in my unconscious and focused on them to found what they wanted to say. Next, I've tried to make a visual connection between mind and eyes via photography.” 

More about the artist:

Seyed Mohsen Pourmohseni Shakib was born in 1988 in Rasht, Iran. At age 17, he started his art work as screenwriter and editor. At the same time, he went to university to study civil engineering. He became a member of “Rasht Young Cinema Society” and made his first and second animated shorts—White Paper (2010) and Game Over (2013—which have been shown at 35 national and international film festivals.

 
Dec 14 2014
Midnight Snack: The Erotic Art Of Joe Phillips Comments (0)

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Via Adam Male Blog.

 
Dec 10 2014
For The Boys: The New Michael Stokes Opus Is Here Comments (0)
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 Check out some exclusive shots in the gallery above!

The new Michael Stokes book—Bare Strength—is out now, just in time for holiday gift-giving. The project, which is packed like roe in a mama salmon with eye-popping images of beautiful men, is more than just another coffee-table book—it's also a Kickstarter phenomenon (it reached its funding within 48 hours) and a charitable endeavor.

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Stokes created a limited edition of 100 books signed by all three amputee vets pictured in his work, which raised $10K for the Semper Fi fund—an amount matched by the founder of GoDaddy.

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Artistry, charity...this has to be the most guilt-free photo book of naked dudes ever.

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Check out Bare Strength at Amazon.

 
Dec 08 2014
Friendly Competition Comments (0)

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Check out Between Two Friends, a music-driven short about manhood at Harvard 100 years ago...

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Dec 07 2014
Beauty Myth: Madonna's Nipples Are The Problem Comments (0)

Madonna-Liz-JonesJones could've tried a little harder with her expression, but this one helps prove her point.

Journalist Liz Jones, writing for The Mail on Sunday in the UK, has conducted a little experiment based on the Mert and Marcus photos of Madonna that currently adorn Interview. Jones claims:

“When I first saw her provocative, vaguely sado-masochistic photo shoot in Interview magazine, I was full of admiration.”

I say claims because Jones has had vicious things to say about Madonna in the past, so it's very hard to accept that her first thought on seeing those photos wasn't really, “Oh, here's an opportunity to bash Madonna and get some clicks.”

She then spent money on Botox and fillers, and recreated the shots. She was not into any of the styling, complaining of how everything fit, felt and even smelled.

At the end of her breattakingly short essay, Jones has transformed from an admirer of the images to a vocal critic of Madonna and of the message she assumes Madonna is sending. With the certainty of a religious fundamentalist—one concerned about not the arousal of male desire but the incitement of female self-doubt—Jones declares:

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Dec 05 2014
The Naked Truth: A Review Of THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES Comments (0)

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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: ***1/2 out of ****

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The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year (Henry Holt, $26) is the follow up to Cohen's best-selling Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Line of Pop Culture. That book was fun, a mix of media memoir and gay came-of-age story, like what you'd get if David Sedaris gave a shit about upscale ladies who punch.

But I was much more eager to read Andy's latest because I share his obsession with The Andy Warhol Diaries, the 1987 publication of the late pop artist's mundane, gossipy, catty, banal, unintentionally sociologically insightful day-to-day journals. Even without reading a word of Cohen's new work, he already wins for best title of the year. He's also inoculated himself against any bad reviews by embracing an earlier work that he notes was dismissed as “a vapid assortment of name-dropping and celebrity bashing,” which is only true if you're someone who doesn't care that Warhol noted Madonna and Timothy Hutton were hanging out together and accidentally broadcast that fact to the New York Post one day in the '80s.

But this Andy doesn't disappoint, coming across as a Warhol with an agenda, more of a sense of the ridiculous and a libido.

Juicily, Cohen starts the book right when those rumors circulated that he was engaged to straight athlete Sean Avery. Hey, there have been more damaging rumors than to be linked to this. But it's a great way to begin, as it lets you know the author isn't going to hold back. Just a few pages later, he goes after Kevin Spacey—who deserves to be gone after—with this observation:

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Dec 03 2014
Sisters Are Doin' It To Themselves Comments (0)

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Annie Lennox, who's been a bit of a scold lately (what with dressing down Beyoncé for not dressing enough), has now cast aspersions on Madonna's latest topless poses, agreeing that they're for attention.

Lennox_Annie_012GASP! A popstar doing something for attention? (Like when Annie had Madonna perform on her song “Sing”?)

I think when Annie said we should ask why Madonna is doing this, it would have been worth answering that a little more thoughtfully. Everything public that a public figure does is for attention, either strictly for ego or, more often, to plug a product or endorse a way of thinking.

Why is it that Madonna's topless shots are so easily reduced to being only about attention, when Lennox's own use of racy clothing and even nudity were not? Why can't Madonna be—along with thinking that she'll grab lots of eyes by doing this—that there should be nothing wrong with seeing a woman's nipples (a sentiment she expressed when the Internet was broken over Kim Kardashian's naked butt, though the media deliberately misread it as shade)? Or that women past a certain age should feel free to express themselves both sexually and artistically? Or maybe it's not about age, maybe it's just about creating an interesting scene in the images. Or maybe it is a purely sexual expression—that's the least likely considering all the preparation and thought, but that's okay, too.

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As a reader pointed out, Annie gave songs to Demi  Moore's movie Striptease (1996), which wasn't exactly not for attention...

Annie's smart, a great artist and welcome to her opinion. I just find her comment pointless in this case.

Check out Madonna's Mert and Marcus Interview shots here.

 
For Art's Sake Comments (0)

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One of the most deserving crowd-funding campaigns I've seen (with thanks to my friend John for sending) is the one by legendary queer artist James Bidgood, 81.

The director of the cult classic Pink Narcissus (1971), he's had an incredible life and is a gifted creator of imagery, but at this stage does not even own a digital camera, nor does he have access to the materials he needs in order to continue expressing himself.

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It's the best kind of campaign, one whose donors get art as rewards. Watch his pitch after the jump...

 

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