By Mark Frauenfelder at 9:24 pm Wed, Oct 10, 2012
Sexy week at Boingboing continues…
Page me when the sexy dudes show up.
IANAAH (I am not an art historian), but that one page looks a lot like the old erotic photography to me.
apparently a couple of the artists in the book have taken to using old methods of photography to create their images
Tanschen’s books are rather beautiful, but they also tend to be rather pricey, and have pages full of walls of text. I’m sure there are a few that are rather fascinating, but for the most part I find the texts rather dry and nowhere near as interesting as the images.
Might be bizarre, but I buy art books mostly for the art.
Oh, but this particular book has to have that text — if there isn’t any writing, people can’t pretend that they’re reading it for the articles.
Completely off-topic, but clicking through the sample pics and the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” links brought me only to white girls, white girls and more white girls, until around the 10th click, when I found “Upskirt Voyeur: The Sexy World of Japanese Girls”. Um, what’s the deal? Why is it so hard to make Amazon realize that there are other colors of girls?
My work is in this book too. As far as text, there are two pages of biographic text for each photographer, which is a short bio in three languages (English, German and French). The rest is wall to wall images. The content of the bios was derived from the answers we gave via a questionnaire. How interesting the text is, is purely a function of the answers we gave. Some will be interesting, some, not so much.
I have never been able to take erotic art seriously, or indeed anything depicting naked women. It’s like Christian rock; perhaps there’s valid music in there somewhere, but it’s far too subsumed and corrupted by the intent to be anything more than an unknowing parody of art….
An awful lot of art is erotic without being “erotic art” which doesn’t make it easier, particularly when there are so many ham-fisted erotic artists who can neither manage to be artists or work in an industry like fashion. Good erotic art is just art. But then when making a book, like this one, do they decide what art is erotic? Because then it is somewhat unfair to blow it off.
Personally since pictures of naked ladies don’t excite me sexually, I tend to be very critical of everything including asking why this is worth my time to look at. historic erotic art is often very funny (just imagine some lord fapping to that fat pink lady rolling around on cherubs… hilarity).
What about artistic nudes?
There might be technique to admire, though I usually don’t care about difficulty when it comes to art, but I think the artwork has to stand by itself as art. I’m not saying that can’t be done, and perhaps I am too cynical about art in general, but if the general impression is of sensuality more than conceptual intrigue, I’m going to be in wary-mode.
It gets into what you consider to be art in the first place, and how you define it.
For what it’s worth, personally I look at it much the same way I look at photos of flowers or a nice landscape. It’s pretty to look at, it’s probably good photography on a technical level, but it doesn’t really have an emotional impact or layers of meaning or say anything about the human condition or any of that kind of stuff.
But (again, personally) I’m okay with that. In most cases I get more enjoyment out of a collection of good photography than I do out of “art”.
….and only skinny girls can be erotic? Ugh.
If you know Coop’s work you’ll know he doesn’t focus only on skinny women, far from it.
Don’t know about the book, but that’s pretty much the last criticism anyone would make of Coop.
Ha! Just flip through the samples on the TASCHEN web site and see if you think they are all skinny. :-)
Oh! NSFW, Obviously!
Art: exercise for the right arm
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