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TONIGHT-Aug 19-The Erotic Literary Salon-Live, History of Penis Art

Now that I have your attention (funny how the word ‘penis’ can do that) – tonight, the Salon.

Press Release: http://theeroticsalon.com/category/press-release/.


Wonderful article with marvelous illustrations

A Brief Guide To The NSFW History Of Penis Art

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Since we’re equal opportunists, we’d like to present you another brief explanation of artists’ fascination with our naughty bits. This time, we’re going to talk about peen! Why’s that? Hasn’t the male sex organ received enough attention? Because the patriarchy? Because male privilege? Because it’s hilarious to draw all over your friend’s anthropology notes in college?

Perhaps. But we’re going to do it anyway, because art, culture, feminism, etc, etc. To understand this wholly academic topic, we’ve got to go back in history and wrap our heads around the fact that d*ck pics have been around way longer than Snapchat, starting with…
The Ancient Greeks: Masters of teeny peen.

ancient greek nude male

Earlier this month, an unsuspecting team of archeologists working on an island in the Aegean Sea happened across “tantalizingly clear” penis drawings dating to the fifth and sixth centuries BC, which are thought to be some of the oldest on Earth.

Depictions of penii were common in ancient Greece — but particularly small ones, which adorn many of the marble sculptures that survive the period. (And yes, we realize “penii” is not the correct declension, but we stand by it because our idea of comedy is indeed stuck in middle school.) Were the men of that time really so poorly endowed? Or did they prefer to feel superior to hunks of marble? Nope. Large penes, actually, were associated with the grotesque. The ideal aesthetic, explained by Aristophanes, was “a gleaming chest, bright skin, broad shoulders, tiny tongue, strong buttocks and a little prick.” Ha.

Later, we moved on to…
The Middle Ages: Rivaling that one kid from “Superbad.”

green penis monster

Life must have been pretty boring for the person copying out line after line in the pre-printing-press world. Penises show up in the marginalia of several medieval manuscripts from flying green penis monsters to sun-ripened penises dangling frompenis-laden tree branches.

In some contexts, one art historian suggested, such dong drawings existed only for luls. “A tree with phalluses is funny throughout the ages,” she explained. And while that’s undeniably true, an alternate interpretation suggests a negative connotation. It’s thought that a Tuscan penis tree mural uncovered ten years ago was all political, commissioned by one Tuscan faction to associate the other with “heresy, sexual perversion, civic strife and witchcraft.”

After one too many plagues, we got into…
The Renaissance: Era of erotic snacks.

cupid and psyche raphael

So by this time, people were opening up to the idea that the sun might not move around the Earth, but sculpting a foreskin-covered assault rifle as art still would’ve been far from kosher. So when an artist wanted to paint some dingaling doodles, he might resort to symbolism — using food. Yum!

Raphael’s “Cupid and Psyche” was a veritable fruit salad of salacity. One corner features a suggestively shaped gourd, with suggestively shaped eggplants at its base, piercing an extra-ripe fig splitting open with juiciness. *Blushes.*

Straight-up male genitalia was also seen — Michelangelo’s “David” is of course one of the Renaissance’s most well-known pieces — but mainly in the context of religious and historical subject matter. It was also still teensy and uncircumcised, because there was a time when people didn’t just cut off foreskin (which is probably good, because they might not have realized the importance of sterilizing sharp objects before they come into contact with infant genitals).

Skipping ahead a bit, we run into a…
Scandal in the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood!!!

john everett millais

Those Victorian goody-two-shoes were hiding dirty pictures this whole time! We see that shadow! We know what that is! Pish-posh.

Continuing on, we move into…
The Late 1800s: When art became harder and harder to define.

koloman moser

In the wake of the Impressionists’ audacity to make their brushstrokes totally obvious and push the boundaries of “art” — which caused a hullabaloo because people were like, “We know what ‘art’ is, it’s pretty pictures of famous white people, okay?” — came a variety of new schools of thought, including some that combined colorful Impressionist techniques with more definitive outlines, for example. So we gotKoloman Moser’s “Le Printemps,” which features a fairly well-defined member. Other artists, like Egon Schiele, focused on expressionist moodiness in works like “Standing nude man” and “Masturbation 2,” and later wondered why the townspeople didn’t like him very much.

Prior advances in anatomy had begun to influence how art students learned about the human body, too, encouraging them to strive for accuracy. They tried less to recreate Classical proportions (read: teeny peen) than to represent the model’s true figure.

Then, not long after came…
Modernism: Is that…?

the rape magritte

Basically, the Modernists didn’t really give two shits because World War I knocked whatever connection they felt to traditional definitions of “art” as loose as Franz Ferdinand’s security detail. So when art collectors were “shocked” at the way a guitar could be represented by a collection of geometrical figures, they were like, “Whatever, we’re going to paint a train sailing out of a fireplace” and stomped away. Also, they made some d*ck art.

In 1920, Constantin Brancusi scandalized everyone at the Salon de Indépendants when he unveiled a shiny, curved gold sculpture called “Princess X.” Supposedly, when Picasso said it looked kind of phallic, Brancusi got all pissy and denied it. But we should note that this was the era of Freud’s whole “subconscious mind” theory that had some artists exploring dreams and symbolism of form. (The subject’s long neck in Magritte’s “The Rape,” above, suggests a phallus piercing its torso-face.) So maybe Brancusi didn’t consciously mean to make a phallic symbol? Maybe? No?

Later, we saw…
Post-Modernism in the mid-1900s: That’s a penis.

clockwork orange

As art became more brash, like the music of that one shaggy-looking male quartet, artists — including lady artists — created even more explicit works shaped by new-ish technologies (photography!) and popular culture (movies! music! canned goods!).

Herman Makkink’s fiberglass “Rocking Machine,” which bears a clear phallic likeness during its appearance in Kubrick’s 1971 “A Clockwork Orange,” helped the artist gain notoriety. Drawing on decades’ worth of fancy psychoanalysis, Louise Bourgeois coined her slogan, “Art is a guarantee of sanity,” and went on to create the monument to reason dubbed “Fillette” — a giant penis-slash-female-torso. And, among his many representations of household names like Monroe and Campbell, Andy Warhol printed his self-described “dirty art” featuring a dude standing with his legs crossed, fully exposed, and — and — full-sized!

Of course there was also Robert Mapplethorpe’s “Man in Polyester Suit,” famous for delving into LGBT and race issues. It features — that’s right — a black man in a polyester suit, with his dongalong casually sticking out of his pants like he forgot about it or something, as one does.

Finally, we arrive at…
Contemporary Art: Male anatomy becomes practically passé.

jamie mccartney penis casts

Since only a rare few things will shock the art world these days, there are penisesseriously everywhere. Examples abound!

“We don’t sit down and say, ‘This will piss so-and-so off.’ We make the work we instinctively feel like making,” explained punk artist Sue Weber, who, along with Tim Noble, created a mass of phalluses in the mid-1990s that makes a shadow of the couple’s heads leaning back-to-back when light hits it just so. Fellow sculptor Jamie McCartney cast myriad genitalia — male and female — to complete his works, which tile together private parts like the world’s most X-rated backsplashes. McCartney says he uses humor to “break down barriers and encourage public engagement with tricky subjects.” Like their nether regions.

Meanwhile, Kristen Fredericks continues to knit more penile creations down in Australia, where they sprout eyes, hang out in packs and, inexplicably, grow breasts. Fredericks, who definitely looks like somebody’s mom, formerly worked as a knitwear designer before she put her considerable needlework skills to better uses.

But in the Contemporary sphere, there’s also…
Performance Art: Penii in the name of politics.

voina bridge 2

For whatever reason, the Russians are big on the kind of weird art you struggle explaining to your friends. A few months after that one guy stapled his scrotum to the cold Moscow cobblestones in the name of “apathy” and “political indifference,” an art collective known as Voina (or “War”) wreaked havoc on a St. Petersburg drawbridge. In an impressive 23 seconds, nine of the group’s members grabbed some paint cans and splattered a giant penis on the bridge before being apprehended by authorities. Seconds later, when the bridge was raised to allow a passing ship through, a massive dong stared back at the Russian Federal Security Service building.

“It is monumental, heroic, romantic, left-radical, an act of protest,” explained hooligan Aleksei Plutsner-Sarno. “I like it as a piece of work, not just because it is a penis.”

And let’s not forget…
Internet Art: “Pexting” is now a thing.


Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/28/penis-art-guide_n_5614173.html

The Institute of Sexology – Undress Your Mind, Not Pornography – Antiques

I find it most intriguing, when pornography is considered an antique, the label changes.

(Drag Queen and Sex Toys Illustration)

The Institute of Sexology

Thursday 20 November 2014 – Sunday 20 September 2015

The Institute of Sexology exhibition – in pictures

The Wellcome Collection will relaunch in November with a major exhibition on sex, called The Institute of Sexology. Alongside sex toys and artefacts including anti-masturbation aids, the show will look at the science of pioneers such as Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes and Alfred Kinsey. From instructions on repairing a diaphragm to erotic paintings, carvings and photographs, every conceivable aspect of human sexuality is explored. Warning, contains explicit images 

• Maev Kennedy: Wellcome Collection hails masters of sexWoman riding man, coloured postcard, from collection of Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840-1902)

Woman riding man, coloured postcard (1840-1902). Photograph: Wellcome Images
Solid bronze phallic amulet in form of priapus with hindquarters of horse, Graeco-Roman, 100BC-400
Solid bronze phallic amulet in form of priapus with hindquarters of horse, Graeco-Roman, 100BC-400
Collection of sexual aids, with instructions, in wooden box, by Arita Drug and Rubber Goods Company, Kobe, Japan, 1930 to 1935
Collection of sexual aids, with instructions, in a wooden box, by Arita Drug and Rubber Goods Company, Kobe, Japan, 1930 to 1935.
Plate from 'The Secret Companion, a medical work on onanism or self-pollution, with the best mode of treatment in all cases of nervous and sexual debility, impotency, etc' from 1845
Plate from The Secret Companion, A Medical Work on Onanism or Self-Pollution, with the Best Mode of Treatment in all Cases of Nervous and Sexual Debility, Impotency, etc, from 1845. Photograph: Wellcome Images
A camel composed of copulating humans, Gouache painting, 19th Century, India
A camel composed of copulating humans, gouache painting, 19th-century India. Photograph: Wellcome Images
'Les charmes de la masturbation' Page from 'Invocation a l'amour, chant philosophique' ('A virtuoso of the good fashion') c. 1825
‘Les charmes de la masturbation’. Page from Invocation a l’amour, chant philosophique (A virtuoso of the good fashion) c.1825. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Plaster impressions from seals showing erotic scenes
Plaster impressions from seals showing erotic scenes. Photograph: The Science Museum/The Wellcome Library
Photograph of a man dressed in women's clothing
Photograph of a man dressed in women’s clothing. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Masked man in pink tutu
Masked man in pink tutu (1840-1902). Photograph: Wellcome Images
Painting manuscript of the Kamasutra, Nepal, 1948
Painting manuscript of the Kama Sutra, Nepal, 1948. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Veedee vibratory massager box, German, early 20th century
Veedee vibratory massager box, German, early 20th century.
Porcelain fruit, hinged, contains male and female copulating, Oriental
Porcelain fruit, hinged, contains male and female copulating, oriental.
Jugum penis, anti masturbation device, steel, nickel-plated, probably British, 1880-1920.
Jugum penis, anti-masturbation device, steel, nickel-plated, probably British, 1880-1920.
Loaded Playbill for Maisie's Marriage, 1923, based on 'Married Love' by Dr Marie Stopes
Playbill for Maisie’s Marriage, 1923, based on Married Love by Dr Marie Stopes. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Marie Stopes birth control clinic in caravan, with nurse, late 1920s
Marie Stopes’ birth control clinic in a caravan, with nurse, late 1920s. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Set of 12 rubber measuring rings and Clinocap diaphragms, made specially for Dr. Marie Stopes, 1934
Set of 12 rubber measuring rings and Clinocap diaphragms, made specially for Dr Marie Stopes, 1934.
Diaphragm repair instructions
Detail of instructions for Clinocap brand diaphragms – and tips for mending with a bicycle repair kit, 1940-50s. Photograph: Science Museum
Packet of Anti-baby condoms, German, 1980s
Packet of Anti-baby Condoms, German, 1980s. The Science Museum
Sex Machines, by Timothy Archibald. 'Dan and Jan Siechert, The Monkey Rocker, Bakersfield, California'
Dan and Jan Siechert, The Monkey Rocker, Bakersfield, California. From Sex Machines, by Timothy Archibald. Timothy Archibald/Wellcome Trust
Back view of standing figure, nude except for stockings
Back view of standing figure, nude except for stockings. Anonymous/The Kinsey Institute
Lili Elbe, watercolour attributed by Gerda Wegener circa 1929. Elbe had 5 gender reassignment operations, the first by Magnus Hirschfeld
Lili Elbe, watercolour attributed to Gerda Wegener, circa 1929. Elbe had five gender reassignment operations. Photograph: Wellcome Images
Oriental ivory shell, divides into two halves, on one half is  a female genitalia, on the other is a carving of a female looking at an erotic picture.
Ivory shell, divided into two halves, one half showing female genitalia, the other a carving of a woman looking at an erotic picture.
Far Eastern carved ivory statue, in the form of a copulating man and woman
Carved ivory statue, in the form of a copulating man and woman. Science Museum
Pervian pottery vessel with handle, neck broken off,  with a couple engaged in anal intercourse fashioned on top
Peruvian pottery vessel with handle, neck broken off, showing a couple engaged in anal intercourse.
A Japanese wood and glass pillow book, hinged and folded like a concertina, opening into six leaves, with twelve pictures painted on glass, complete with a mirror
A Japanese wood and glass pillow book, hinged and folded like a concertina, opening into six leaves, with 12 pictures painted on glass and a mirror.
Inside the wood and glass pillow book...
Inside the Japanese pillow book …
Cylindrical lekythos, with black figure decoration, showing scenes of copulation, probably from Attica, Greece, 550BC-500BC
Cylindrical lekythos, with black figure decoration showing scenes of copulation, probably from Attica, Greece, 550BC-500BC.
Alfred Kinsey lecturing at the University of California, Berkeley
Alfred Kinsey lecturing at the University of California, Berkeley. Anonymous/The Kinsey Institute
Page with notes and diagrams titled 'Definition of Coital Postures'
Page with notes and diagrams titled Definition of Coital Postures. The Kinsey Institute
Alfred Kinsey interviewing a woman.
Alfred Kinsey interviewing a woman. William Dellenback/The Kinsey Institute
Carolee Schneemann, Ye Olde Sex Chart (Sexual Parameters Chart), 1975
Carolee Schneemann, Ye Olde Sex Chart (Sexual Parameters Chart), 1975. Carolee Schneemann, c/o Hayes Gallery/PPOW New York
Neil Bartlett, Pedagogue (Video still)
Neil Bartlett, Pedagogue (Video still). Photograph: Wellcome Images

‘The Institute of Sexology’ is a candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. Undress your mind and join us to investigate human sexuality at ‘The Institute’, the first of our longer exhibitions. Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, this is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex.

From Alfred Kinsey’s complex questionnaires to the contemporary National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), ‘The Institute of Sexology’ investigates how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. Moving between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality, it shows how sex has been observed, analysed and questioned from the late 19th century to the present day.

‘The Institute of Sexology’ tells the complex and often contradictory story of the study of sex through its pioneers, including Magnus Hirschfeld, Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes, Alfred Kinsey, Margaret Mead, William Masters and Virginia Johnson, and the team behind Natsal. It highlights the profound effect that the gathering and analysis of information can have in changing attitudes and lifting taboos.

The show will also feature contemporary artworks exploring sexual identity by artists Zanele Muholi, John Stezaker, Sharon Hayes and Timothy Archibald. A new commission by artist Neil Bartlett will revisit the sex survey, joining visitors with the hundreds of thousands of anonymous participants whose personal accounts underpin the study of sex.

This is the first of our longer exhibitions in our newly opened Gallery 2. ‘The Institute of Sexology’ will evolve over the course of the year, with new commissions, live interventions, discussions and performances within the gallery space. The exhibition is part of a wider Sexology Season of activity across the country including Brighton, Southampton, Manchester and Glasgow.

Please note that ‘The Institute of Sexology’ includes exhibits and live events of a sexual nature.


M. Dante – Poet – Heide Hatry – Artist – Videos

Heide Hatry, artist extraordinaire, graced the Salon while M. Dante read her wonderful poem inspired by Heide’s work. M. Dante is a most talented writer and shares her work often at the Erotic Literary Salon. She is also one of the hostesses for the Salon.

The first video is the reading at the Salon, the second is a video M. Dante took of Heide Hatry at the opening of Noir Con 2012.

In the second video, Heide is explaining her process of creating flowers out of the skin and organs of animals. While she was speaking to me she was cutting up chicken tongues. My initial reaction was an “eeeeeek” factor, I overcame that very quickly as I became absorbed in conversation with a most intellectual and artistic woman.

Review of Heide’s book release at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2012.

“Heidi Hatry’s Not a Rose: A Neo-Conceptual Art Project” stunned visitors at the Frankfurt Book Fair with its marriage of sculpture, print, performance, film and the latest interactive video technology provided by a new firm, Logopeak, based in Heidelberg…. Hatry’s process of making flowers from animal parts — frequently the genitals — that don’t make it into a human dinner.”

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