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July 3, 2017

One of Deissenberg’s most significant contributions to the repertoire of Crazy Horse Paris is her addition and expansion of artistic collaborations with world-famous (mostly-female) guest stars. The first woman to lend her talent was none other than...

July 2, 2017

“Male photographers capture beauty better,” she was told. “There was this huge attitude that men could take better pictures of women because there’s this sexual connection,” she explained. “But, I did a lot of work with Vogue and Elle and other amazi...

July 1, 2017

In the past few centuries, depictions of nudity in art have focused almost exclusively on female bodies, created almost exclusively by male artists. This fact is made all too clear in the Harper’s Bazaar slideshow, “10 Nudes That Changed History,” in...

July 1, 2017

The flourish of Beardsley’s line is far more than an aestheticization of deviance, for the entirety of his import as artist cannot simply be reduced and flattened to a frivolous and decorative black line. “Wickedness,” said Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900),...

July 1, 2017

One thing is clear: sex is the great unifier among cultures. Only relatively recently in the Western world has it come to be considered as taboo or offensive. It’s not hard to imagine that scenes depicted in the Gabinetto Segreto or the Turin Erotic...

July 1, 2017

An exhibit at NYC’s Museum of Sex, entitled Hardcore: A Century & A Half of Obscene Imagery, gives an overview of the modern history of sex books. The introductory panel reads as follows: “In spite of repeated attempts to censor, sequester, or saniti...

July 1, 2017

There is a space that exists between art and sex and it is one in which argument is a cornerstone. Categorical imperatives are constructed, morality is questioned, and artistic integrity (or lack thereof) is thrown into sharp relief. One object that...

July 1, 2017

If Mata Hari rarely smiled in her photographs, Josephine Baker beamed with an infectious and delicious smile in almost all of her pictures. Perhaps it’s because Baker had more agency than Mata Hari, which enabled her to make her own choices, such as...

July 1, 2017

Almost anyone can admit there’s something about dances like the tango, rumba, paso doble, salsa, bachata, and kizomba that bring heat. The constant contact between partners, quick movements and intense looks are powerful, and super sensual. These dan...

July 1, 2017

The story of Leda and the Swan is, depending on where you hear it, one of rape, seduction, or something in the icky gray area that lingers in our socio-sexual mindset – like an ex’s cologne that was once attractive but is now unsettling. The bare bon...

July 1, 2017

Skin: A photo essay in black and white | Texture, Shadows, Perspective

July 1, 2017

Sensuality: A photo essay | Intimate, Unexplored, Flirtatious

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