Friday, 3 November 2017


Georgia O’Keeffe, “Black Iris” (1926)

New book The Art of the Erotic by Phaidon Editors, features 170 works which reveal how eroticism has been depicted in art over the centuries – from Renaissance painting and sculpture, to the work of Picasso, Bruce Nauman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tom of Finland and Anish Kapoor, each contribution is described and interpreted by Phaidon’s editors in terms of their place and meaning within art history.

With a cover echoing Lucio Fontana’s series of works, which featured slashes or punctures in the canvas, The Art of the Erotic features an introduction by Rowan Pelling, editor of the recently-launched The Amorist (and previously The Erotic Review):

“Eroticism is as much about what we do not see or know, as what we do" writes Pelling. 
"It prompts us to wonder about the dynamic between the creator and the subject, the finished work and the viewer who stands and gazes at its revelations and is very probably aroused by it. In other words, erotic art engages the imagination; it teases and seduces the viewer with all manner of mystery.”

Available now from Phaidon; £59.95. 


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