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Picture Perfect

22 Jan

There is currently a Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition taking place at Alison Jacques Gallery in London, running until 19th March. With his photographs, polaroids and sculptures chosen by the band Scissor Sisters, as well as works by other artists who have been influenced by Mapplethorpe, this is a rare opportunity to see these works together.

The photos chosen by the band, who have used Mapplethorpe’s imagery on their record covers in the past, cover his flower photography as well as his wonderful nudes, still-lifes and shots of leathermen and bondage. Mapplethorpe was a genius at capturing the human form, and his still-lifes and flower portraits are shot and lit with the same aesthetic appeal. If you are already a Mapplethorpe fan you will enjoy this exhibition immensely, and the works by other artists such as Matthew Barney and Scott Treleaven show how his work continues to inspire. If you are new to Mapplethorpe’s work (why has it taken you so long?), you can revel in its beauty, sensuality and kinkiness.

Though a relatively small exhibition, it is a fantastic reminder of a great artist. The works by the artists influenced by him have been cleverly chosen, keeping a sense of continuity running throughout the show. So, for lovers of great photography, (homo)erotica, stunning imagery and general kinkiness, get yourself to the exhibition and treat yourself to the great man’s work.

Black and white photograph. A human skull sits on top of crossed bones, placed on the top of a weathered column.

Robert Mapplethorpe, 'Skull and Crossbones' 1983



Robert Mapplethorpe, ‘Skull and Crossbones’ 1983

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Our Imagine Nation – Carolyn Weltman in NYC

19 Jan

Carolyn Weltman is a British artist living and working in New York; she creates beautiful ethreal nudes and erotic artwork in a variety of mediums.

drawing of a man's muscular back and bottom, his hands and wrists bound with rope behind him.

Binding My Muse, by Carolyn Weltman

Her solo show, Naughty Boys and Girls, showing at Basha Gallery has been extended until the 20th, and tomorrow they are hosting Our Imagine Nation – “A semi regular gathering of artists, musicians, photographers, authors, poets, performers and thinkers. People with ideas. With passion. With love and desire.”

Carolyn’s work is beautiful, and if you’re NYC we really recommend you go along – and if you’re not able to go, please take a look at Carolyn’s website, Sophi’s Grand Empire, and her etsy shop.

print of a charcoal painting; a slender woman wearing a corset leans forward, resting her hands on her knees. Her nails are painted bright red, this is the only colour in the drawing.

Bette Showgirl, by Carolyn Weltman, 2008

The address is – Basha Gallery, 45 East 34th Street, Suite 3, New York, NY; there is a facebook event here.

Carolyn on facebook and artid.