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July 11, 2017

Explore 2,500 Years of Erotic Art

From Michelangelo to Wolfgang Tillmans

  • Written by Amuse Team

Later this year, Phaidon will be releasing a chronological introduction to the history of erotic art. The Art of the Erotic will present work from the ancient times all the way up to today’s contemporary artists.


Thomas Ruff, Nudes ru 05 (Nud 053), 2000 © Thomas Ruff

Covering more than 2,500 years of art, the book is a sumptuous survey of erotica through the centuries and includes work by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Picasso, Warhol and beyond. As well as 170 works by the world’s most important artists like Titian, Georgia O’Keeffe, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Turner, Miró, Botticelli and Cecily Brown, plus sculptures by Auguste Rodin and Louise Bourgeois.


Nobuyoshi Araki, The Look from Erotos, 1993 © Nobuyoshi Araki

Then there are the multimedia artists like installation art by Bruce Nauman, performance art Meat Joy by Carolee Schneemann and video work by Francis Alÿs and Pipilotti Rist, as well as photography by Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton and Man Ray. Alongside iconic examples of eroticism in art from around the world – including Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World and Goya’s The Naked Maja – the selection includes artworks that have caused scandals and those that have aroused and enticed the viewer for centuries, including works by Nobuyoshi Araki, David Hockney, Jeff Koons and Tom of Finland.

Available from 2 October, £59.95.


Wolfgang Tillmans, The Cock (Kiss), 2002, Museum of Contemporary

Art, Chicago. Picture credit: courtesy of Wolfgang Tillmans


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