I find this painting enchanting and restorative. I do not understand the controversy around this piece as being disturbing and offensive. There is nothing salacious about it in my view.
I understand all art is subjective and that we cast onto it our own personal gaze of experience, however, to have such a piece censored from show, points to a sad state of affairs in our creative world. Is our culture so terrified of sexually awakened girls, of the interior lives of youth, or perhaps it is ourselves that we fear the most?
All I know is that this painting reminds me of what it means to fall into oneself, to shut out the world in daydream.
So if museums need to warn people of arts content on plaques before entering, so be it, because she is too beautiful not to be seen up close and in person. -tM
Some things to ponder alongside your other Monday fascinations:
"A well designed room should look like you could just walk in and be naked anywhere."
"Play with your sexual fantasies and reverse anything that could be destructive into something positive."
"Find your inner woman, or you're not really a man." -Tom Bianchi
And so does the ART of seduction. It is about intelligence and wit and always starts in the mind. I wish North American culture would remember that. -tM
Man Ray, The Prayer, 1930
The meeting of the hands, buttocks, and feet invite the viewer to take the time to take a new look at nudity.
Saul Leiter, In My Room, circa 1950-1960
Sensual in its ability to tell the story of women in everyday life,Saul Leiter shot a series of nudes; friends, lovers, and other women in his life which resulted in spontaneous snapshots with subdued eroticism.
Lucien Clergue, Nude Woman Swimming, 1973
She swims in light. The photography is clean, fresh, and modern.
Nobuyoshi Araki, Untitled, 2008
Interested in taboo themes, of eroticism, sex, and voyeurism, the bound and naked girls pay homage to Kinbaku the Japanese art of bondage.
A multi media Artist, Lauré`s work is thought provoking to say the least. These are just a few selections of different mediums she continues to work with. They vary from sculpture, installations, video, tapestry, performance art, to name a few. She tells stories through art that explore the fine lines of balance between fiction and reality through personal myth and universal themes. -tM
Tim Noble & Sue Webster are a London-based artist duo that create shadow art installations using carefully arranged objects. Using everything from trash to metal cans shot with BB pellets, they arrange these found objects in such a way as to cast shadows of people and skylines on the wall when a light is shined from a certain direction.
Photgraphy: Tim Noble & Sue Webster
An interesting artistic compilation and understanding of life and its creative spectrum’s. You can feel the push and pull in this piece of restraint and freedom, as reflected in life as in art. -tM
Designed by the Bouroullec brothers and reminiscent of carousels, this art installation has been designed as an allegorical interpretation of movement and contemplation. Positioned in an Italian monastery it provides a public space where one can climb inside and relax and observe what it means to be silent and in motion. -tM
Here are the details, up close, and personal, parts of a whole, commanding you take a closer look, not unlike Lili herself.
Layer upon layer, not only is her graffiti style powerful, but it is also an entry way into a sensual, self-assured world that explores the raw scope of what it means to be a woman in today’s society, ever evolving, ever changing, making no apologies for her sexuality.
A show dedicated to love, and as Lili so eloquently put it: “It’s not always about the journey, sometimes it’s about the neon dreams in dark places. Tonight, it’s all about you.”
So, this is what happens when love comes to town. -tM
You can inquire more about LIli’s work here: @lils_m
Quietly, this speaks to me. -tM
I get lost in the movement of colour, shape, and form. I love art that takes me on a journey. -tM
I have always been a fan of hanging art in the bathroom.
It’s a space that is often neglected, artistically speaking, however the right art can really shift the mood of the room. Have fun with it, be cheeky, sexy, sensual, playful, whatever your heart desires, since it is a small space, the larger the photo/art the better. Statement pieces give the illusion of something bigger, even in smaller spaces they can act as windows in restrooms that have none. Expansive shots of nature will open up the room.
Regardless of how you choose to incorporate art into your space, remember that art elevates the soul and it is too important not to share, even in the lavatory. -tM
Many cities are lighting up there underpasses to make them user friendly. Some are even adding music to the mix. I love it when design, art, and utility unite. -tM
Photographer Mathieu Pernot documents the art on the walls of an abandoned prison in France. Dreams, desires, and ambitions, remain hopeful and alive in all of these pieces. They exist as emblems of liberty; evocations of past, present, and even future.
I tend to agree with Picasso when he says that “the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off of our souls.” -tM
A staircase reminds us how to treat one another. -tM
I have always been drawn to asymmetry. There is something very intelligent about being able to make asymmetric patterns work, whether it be in art, fashion, architecture, or design.
Balance is always a factor, there must be precision in its execution or the irregular outline will look haphazard and mistakenly thrown together.
The wall at Osteria Savio Volpe in Vancouver inspires me to break away with the traditional hanging of art. I appreciate the off centre lighting, the scale of large panels to small portraiture, hung directly over the leading line sitting regally above its patrons.
The eye wanders in observation, why not let it contemplate in curiosity. -tM
Beautification projects by Thrashbird, whose art delves into current global issues, borders on the cautionary yet also hopeful, conveying that no place is beyond rescue. -tM
Photography: Thom Uecker | 'Valley of Secret Values' | Concrete Plant, Oregon
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