Homoerotic Art

From HUFFPOST, by David Leddick

Do You Hate Homoerotic Art? Is It the Art, or Is It You?

Did you think homoeroticism in art was just a late-20th-century phenomenon, that artists like Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and many others were something new under the sun?

When the European publishing house Bruno Gmünder asked me to create a new book of art featuring male nudes, for my introduction I decided to search for surprising works by well-known artists of the past. My new book is called Gorgeous Gallery and features more graphic and edgy art than do any of my past collections. But now that the collection is finished and ready to be published, I got to thinking: is this art really that edgy, historically speaking?

By Robert Schrag

Maybe it only feels like it pushes the limits here in America, because of so much political hoo-ha from Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and their noisemakers, as they flood the airwaves trying to frighten us all. I don’t write political diatribes, but I am anti-prude.

If you follow my books and my blog, you know I am all about celebrating our new, 21st century — and rejecting those who want to pull us back into the past. I was born in 1930, and take it from me: we do not want to go back there. A lot of us over 65 don’t avoid sex as we get older. (I call our group the “sextennials.” Do you like my new term?) We don’t yearn for the past. If everyone else did the same, wouldn’t the world be better?

By Karl Pavlovich Briullov (1799–1852)

But are these “conservatives” really resisting a very modern trend, as they say they are? They should just forget it. We all might as well face it: homoerotic art did not break loose in the 20th century; it has been with us always, no matter how the art experts might choose to interpret it. Many in our society, and in the art world, do not like to admit that a work of art can be of a very high level and still be homoerotic — erotic, maybe, but homoerotic? Horrors! Sorry, we may be able to excuse those flat-fronted Egyptians, but all those Greek Eros representations created for centuries weren’t made to turn on the ladies.

By William Willes

Sure, fine art can come under the heading of pornography if your definition of pornography is “sexually arousing.” That’s hard to deal with in the ever-so-repressive United States. Now porn is something that comes in a plain wrapper and that, more and more, you search for on your computer. Well, pre-Internet, you used to find these things on the walls of famous museums (you still do) and in public statues. Are you going to try to tell me that Michelangelo’s “David” is not sexy in all that nakedness? Come on.

Since it is dawning on us that fine art can be sexy, and because we are in such a hyper-political frenzy, soon Republicans are bound to start demanding yet again that certain kinds of art be taken out of exhibits, claiming that the art is “offensive.” The Smithsonian in Washington went through this song and dance not too long ago, and it just made them look silly and out of it.

By DUNCAN GRANT (1885-1978)

 Homoerotic Art Through the Ages

Certainly way back when, the ancients knew that art could turn you on. Of course, they probably didn’t think of “fine art” and “popular art.” They probably didn’t even think of it as “art.” The statues of naked young men that must have been everywhere in public places were certainly to honor the beauty of these young men. And in addition to their beauty, they were also sexual. Beauty and sex operate in the same area and on the same plane. And certainly we know that Greek men much admired the beauty and sexiness of younger men. Their pottery reveals that fooling around was an essential part of their culture. The Greeks, and later the Romans, did not, of course, have our contemporary notion that there is something wrong with sex and that it is inextricably locked in with feeling guilty. The fact that they had all those athletic meets where men wandered about naked tells you that the public liked to take a look — the public that did not include any women, who were all at home. However, the female nude was equally displayed in public as statuary, and certainly for the very same reasons. Sex was in the air, and all the time.

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Depicting hot guys went very much out of style with the fall of the Roman Empire and those dark, dark ages that pretty much lasted until the Renaissance. But when in the 1400s in Italy they began to dig up those sexy statues, art got a whole new head start. Artists not only copied the work of the past but sometimes imitated it and tried to pass it off as from the earlier time. Michelangelo was much inspired by the classic period, and anyone who has closely observed the Sistine Chapel can see that it is jammed with paintings of very hot guys (and the women look very much like men). Art historians excuse this by saying women were not available to pose nude. I wonder.

History seems to repeat itself, because after all those male nudes were on view, both in art and around town, suddenly the Catholic popes insisted that a lot of fig leaves be painted over the offending male regions. Some popes even sent off crusading mobs to chop off the winkies from sexy statues. But it is still obvious that these men were supposed to be sexy. They didn’t all have to have their clothes off. Anyone who has read the graphic novels of Teo Jodorowsky has seen that he imagines an affair between the pope of that period and Michelangelo, even depicting the two men in bed repeating the pose of God creating Adam with a touch of his finger.

By Jacob Collins

When we move on to the period of Peter Paul Rubens, who painted a ton of work with the assistance of helpers, we see religious paintings still offering us homoerotic titillation. In his “The Enthroned Madonna Surrounded by Saints” there is a near-naked saint in the foreground being given some special attention by an admirer/persecutor in black armor. The saint seems to be relishing it. This kind of naked image was certainly to show off somebody with a great and sexy body. And again, I don’t think it was for the ladies of the time.

The French Revolution brought another burst of interest in naked men in paintings, harking back to the distant Greek past. The men who led the revolution loved being likened to those long-ago heroes. Painters like David and Girodet and Girard created a large number of works for public view with lots of naked guys. Girodet’s “Revolt in Cairo” has a central figure of a splendid, nude Egyptian guard defending his swooning leader, almost every square inch of his fabulous body on display. Most of the artists of that time were trained in Rome, and their training included much viewing of the male nude (which is rumored to have taken place in their homes quite often).

By Giovanni Battista di Jacopo

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Art by Stephen Mead

No Doubts, Thomas (We Too Are Cosmos Made)

No Doubts, Thomas (We Too Are Cosmos Made)

As a writer, I understand the creative process when it comes to the written word. A single thought can evolve into a whole new world populated by places, plots and characters. But when it comes to music or art, the ability to create is over my head, except for the fact that I absolutely love those who have the gift. Stephen Mead’s work for example … I would have never conjured the inspiration to create such intriguing images as his.

The Sacrament

See more of Stephen’s work here.

Embrace

Even more about Stephen here.

Green Man Before Tyranny

“According to the Order of Nature (We too are Cosmos Made)” is a mixed media series of paintings and photomontages begun in late 2009. Like my Amazon release, “Our Book of Common Faith”, this project may also be a decade-in-the-making. The title refers to all of the laws which weigh against LGBT individuals globally, only this project reverses the persecution, exploring LGBT sensuality for its spiritual roots and profound bonding, more so when people risk their lives in order to have and to hold love.” Stephen Mead.

Insight Out

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Michal Tokarczuk … Fine Art Nudes

Michal Tokarczuk’s imaginative interpretation of fine art nudes.

fine art nudesIf creative imagination is what sets a photographer of fine art nudes apart, Michal Tokarczuk has more than his fair share. Most photographers know cameras and lens. Most know about light and focus and settings. Few have the artistic skill to imagine such breathtaking images and then create them for the world to see.

fine art nudesFor more about the artist see

Michal Tokarczuk-Fine Art Nudes

There are elements of drama, of passion and emotion. There are elements of human sexuality. All the necessary elements for such stunning, unforgettable photography.

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E Hirano’s Artistic Interpretation of Male Erotica

Male Erotica

male eroticaSome artists intrigue you. Others captivate and haunt you. E Hirano dazzles you. Or perhaps he does all of the above.

E Hirano is a Japanese-Mexican visual artist working in Mexico. He’s been painting since his earliest memory. Eventually he found that painting the human body was the perfect way to express his artistic needs. He has experimented with almost every art form through the years, which has led to his work falling almost exclusively in the visual arts, being male erotica my principal subject. His influences range from renaissance, art deco, Avant Garde and Modernism.

male eroticaIt’s amazing how religion use many things to create fear, an institution that prides itself on providing love is in charge of scare us even with our own body, undermining the female figure, making us believe that it is okay if a woman is naked because they teach us to see women as an object, then a naked man is not okay because is comparable to a woman so that makes it even worse, we should redefine our values and understand that the human body is the most beautiful and pure thing for our own kind, and take away from our genitals the stigma of sin, destruction and degradation.

 When we learn to celebrate the miracle of our specie, then this world will be different.

male eroticaTo see more or buy a print, go to E Hirano Blogspot.com

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I became an instant fan the moment I saw E Hirano’s work. I love art deco, an art-form that is evident here and incorporated into the male erotica genre. The delicate and intelligent sophistication of Hirano’s stunning work embodies the vast scope of humanity’s creative imagination.

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Rope Art by Domasan

It’s an art form you don’t see everyday. It’s compelling. It’s beautiful. It’s sensual. Imagine the sensations you might experience being the subject of Domasan’s work, the time involved, the intimacy. You give yourself over to the artist and wait until the ropes control you. Only then do you end up in one of Domasan’s masterful photographs.

Domasan’s Facebook Page.

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Photography by Pavel Kiselev

“The main purpose of my work in the sphere of photography is finding out a sensual component but not the formal one. To my mind, in the perception of a photograph the leading part is played by the image energy, but not a form or decoration. That is why I photograph people a lot; such photos include a lot of emotions, emotional states, sensuality.”

Pavel Kiselev … another example of Russian mastery of art.

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