Erotic Sculpture: On Display or In The Wardrobe?

erotic sculptureArt ultimately lies in the eye of the beholder. It is objective; what you think as artistic may not be aesthetically pleasing to others. Artists see art in erotic sculpture and painting, even during the earliest times. But today, some may think that nudity and phallic symbols are not art, but pornography. It may be difficult to tell if, say an erotic sculpture, was distinctly made for the “surprise factor”, or if the sculptor doesn’t have the faintest idea that the figure can be likened to pornography.

There are some erotic sculptures that can be displayed in the lounge. But most are best kept in the bathroom, in the bedroom, or in the wardrobe, especially if you have kids.

Erotic Sculpture: On Display or in The Wardrobe?

In Canada, an artist found a way on how to transform a mundane bathroom space of your house or condo unit into a something “artsy and playful.” Craig Manhood (Yes, that is his surname. No pun intended.), a fiberglass sculptor, made sensual pieces and erotic sculpture that are not only stunning, but also functional. These were the type of pieces that you will proudly display in high-class brothels.

No one can say when or where the first erotic sculpture was made. The ancient Romans, for instance, see erotic art as a mainstream illustration of talent back then. The explicit wall painting, erotic sculpture and phallic figures unearthed in the city of Pompeii shows that such theme is something you see everyday in the Roman world. But today, our culture lets us see these art pieces as extremely erotic or violent. As such, one couldn’t blame the other for hiding an erotic sculpture in the wardrobe.

In some countries, erotic sculpture is part of their culture. For example, Japan has small netsuke figurines, which are usually crafted from ivory or hardwood. These figurines depict erotic scenes, such as gay sexual intercourse and women performing cunnilingus, among other things. Today’s Japanese people are not ashamed with these erotic sculptures. In fact, they put these figurines on display and leave them out in the open for everyone to see.

Erotic sculpture and our fascination to human sexual behaviour is ingrained in us since time immemorial. Having said that, openly displaying or keeping in the wardrobe such art depends on how we see them.

Art in the Kitchen: Plating Up Picassos

Picasso was not everyones’ cup of tea. Strange geometrically arranged naked ladies with cubist breasts. Angular misshapen faces in crazy colours and peculiarly patterned people galore. Eventually he reached an apogee of commercial super celebrity; and then the world was wearing his images emblazoned on T-shirts and on their coffee mugs. There was a vibrancy about this randy Spaniard and it permeated his work. Colour would spurt out of him like seminal fluid. Images would dance before the viewer like macabre circus puppets. Huge eyes gazed out from the canvas. Sexual trysts were displayed with their insides on the outside. Picasso bent our expectations and warped away our straight-laced illusions.

Art in the Kitchen: Plating Up Picassos

The art world has permeated into our kitchens in the twenty first century. Chefs are squiggling splodges of edible colour onto large white plates. They are arranging ingredients into complex geometric shapes. Sex on a plate is often an apt description. Like a recently deflowered virgin’s bedsheet, there are crimson streaks galore. Bloody meats are Guernica like in their bovine meets human appetite appearance on the plate. Art in the kitchen: Plating up Picasso has become de rigueur in some of our finest kitchens.

Even at home, where mums and dads have become inspired by reality TV meets celebrity chefs to renovate their old kitchens into gastronomic temples. The kitchen cabinet maker has morphed into temple priest for Hathor or Anubis, designing out of this world kitchens, where deities come down from heaven. Sacrifices are back in vogue with flame on flesh and meat separated from the bone. Jupiter Optimus Maximus gratefully receives his cut and yet the smoke is harmlessly diverted by state of the art exhaust fans. Everyone wants a super duper stainless steel kitchen just like the pros have, for further details click the link.

Dinners have become artistic celebrations in a world made up of wealthy western middle class residents. Art in the kitchen: Plating up Picassos is no longer the exclusive domain of the chef and his minions. Now, we all can squeeze raspberry coulis around desserts dusted with icing sugar, creating crazy patterns in ode to the Spanish master. We have the designer kitchens in which to do it, and the inspiration from the culinary and visual art worlds to motivate us. Our modus operandi is Mr Squiggle with a sauce bottle; and there are no little Wees, but plenty of Bills and Bens to remind us.





Australian Art: What’s New and What’s Hot

Australia is among the world’s largest art market. This does not come as a surprise considering that a lot of the country’s artists are distinguished locally and abroad. Some art collectors and enthusiasts flock to Australia to have a look and scour paintings and sculptures from renowned and upcoming Australian artists. Buying an art may be a gamble Down Under, but I heard that there’s a lot of free betting in Australia.

Hottest Australian Artists

These talented Aussies will surely make a splash in the art industry, both in the country and abroad.

  • Ben Quilty

Since winning the prestigious Archibald Prize in 2011, Ben Quilty’s career had steadily gone up. He is regarded as one of the country’s most talented contemporary artists and have painted subjects on morality, masculinity and national identity. Quilty also won the Prudential Eye Awards for Contemporary Asian Art. Among his recent exhibits were held in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Canberra.

  • Johnny Romeo

Johnny Romeo, the leading pop artist in the country, focuses his craft in Neo-Expressionist Pop Art. His creativeness and brilliance are drawn from street art and the rock ‘n roll. Romeo had showcased some of his paintings, which are usually bold and vibrant representations of cultural icons, in and around Australia, New Zealand, the United States and in some parts of Europe.

  • Anthony Lister

One of the country’s most celebrated contemporary artist is Anthony Lister who usually uses walls as his canvass. In fact, most of his masterpieces are in the form of street art. According to the PictureStore, Lister gets his inspiration from pop art, expressionism and the modern youth culture. He had his exhibitions all over Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, and in some parts of Europe.

Art Trends Down Under

One of the latest trends in the country’s art scene involves the bold use of color in minimalist abstract geometric shapes. In fact, an exhibit consisting of stunning and eye-popping displays of this trend was held at Sullivan and Strumpf. This new trend focuses on the color and the process where everything interacts and falls in place.

Aboriginal Art styles are also getting rave reactions from art enthusiasts. Considered as the oldest living art practice in the world, Aboriginal Art is composed of variations that include X-ray Art, Cross Hatching, Dot Painting, Wandjinas and Ochre, among others.

Opening Nights: More than Cheese and Wine

Opening nights of art galleries or exhibits are one of the most anticipated events of art enthusiasts. Everyone, especially the management team, is on their A-game. The festive and sometimes classy atmosphere is always complemented with wine, sumptuous food and elegant fixtures and furniture. There are also instances where escorts are employed to liven up the proceedings. In fact, some gallery owners have been known to hire the services of beautiful women from escort agencies. With this being said, the paintings, sculptures or memorabilia on display still remain the star of the night. Here are some museums, galleries and exhibits that feature unusual and sometimes extraordinary but informative displays on their opening nights:

  • Holocaust Memorial Museum

Millions of people around the world witnessed the harrowing crimes of the Holocaust. The Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. aims to provide details and illustrate what the people during that time experienced. Some of the displays can be viewed on the Internet. For an interactive tour online, you can contact them at 202 488 0400.

  • Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum in the United Kingdom can be traced a few blocks away from the British Museum. The main attraction on the site are British cartoon arts, comic arts and caricatures that date back as early as the 18th century. Among the highlights of the museum are cartoon strips of Dennis the Menace and Billy the Whizz.

Located at Notting Hill, the museum features more than 12,000 boxes, packets and tins of items such as cereals, beans and powder. Visitors will surely bring back good memories of their favourite brands as they move across shelves and shelves of well-stocked consumer products.

  • UFO Museum and Research Centre

The museum in Roswell attracts skeptics and believers of artificial intelligence as they feature memorabilia from the infamous Roswell incident that happened in 1947. After your trip, expect debate with fellow travellers whether the stuff you saw was real or not.

  • Icelandic Phallogical Museum

Most of sex museums in the world can be found in France, the Netherlands and the United States. But the Phallogical Museum in Iceland brings a new form of “exhibition of penises.” More than 300 penis specimens from almost all mammals on land and seas in the world can be found here.

Artists Who Make Money, And Artists Who Don’t

There are many, many, more artists who do not make money from their art than there are artists who make reasonable amounts of money from their work. Think of poor old Vincent Van Gogh, whose paintings now sell for millions and millions of dollars; but who was forced to beg from his brother Theo, all his tragic life. Art is, in my opinion, a very shady occupation and world. I have always seen artists akin to prostitutes, in the Dorian Grey tradition, selling their art instead of their bodies.

Is being a commercial artist selling your soul, or in fact just selling your art?

Rich people buy art; and artists and their managers or agents must curry favour with these wealthy benefactors. Suck up to, talk shit to, hang out with, and do whatever is necessary to sell their art to them. Artists sit within a web of social networks, sometimes as their iconic centres; and their images and ideas must ruminate through those milieus.

Artists Who Make Money, And Artists Who Don’t

Some artists make a lot of money, such as Jeff Koons who constructs extra large puppies in a kitschy style that defies belief in good taste. His Balloon Dog (orange) recently sold for $58.4 million at Christie’s in New York. Jasper Johns and his signature symbolic art sells for seven figures in some cases. Robert Ryman, Bruce Nauman and Richard Prince are all American artists who command million dollar price tags for their artistic works.

Exhibiting art can be compared to what people in business call lead generation. An idea, an image and an aesthetic depiction are put out into the world, or into a microcosm within the greater community. Poor people don’t, generally, purchase art, so that microcosm is middle class or upper middle class. Artists can be trendy, and/or seen to be at the cutting edge of ideas and fashion. Brett Whitely was such an artist in the nineteen seventies and beyond; he blurred the divisions between popular art, music and fashion.

Andy Warhol was a much bigger example of the same kind of thing in America and then around the world. Commercial art meets high end culture and becomes pop culture; suddenly appealing to a mass audience. Digital art is now all pervasive in the wider community through the uptake of computers and digital platforms. More people than ever are exposed to the visual arts and most of them don’t even realise that it is happening.


Art Security: Is The World’s Artistic Heritage at Risk?

As we’ve seen with Islamic State destroying ancient monuments, and the Taliban destroying heritage sites in the decade prior, the art of the world is far more vulnerable to destruction than most of us care to admit. It’s a tender balance between giving the public the right to stand a metre or two away from a sacred piece of art such as the Mona Lisa, and the possibility that an art vandal of any creed can simply destroy or damage it in an instant. Should more be under lock and key for longer, or is it just a hazard of life in the 21st century?

There have been a lot of incidents revolving around historical and heritage sites that are caught between the wars. For instance, the Syria clashes that destroyed the ancient Aleppo minaret, was amongst the many casualties of war. This lead to the minaret of one of Syria’s most famous mosques has been destroyed during clashes in the northern city of Aleppo. On the other hand, the While the Convent of St. Thecla, Equal-to-the-Apostles, in Ma’loula is being restored, the Convent of Our Lady of Saidnaya is still under siege.

Another heritage site was at risk during the Syrian Civil War. Unfortunately even with the country’s earnest effort in preserving the Temple of Baalshamin, in 2015, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was successful in demolishing the Temple of Baalshamin right after capturing Palmyra during the Syrian Civil War.

Aside from heritage sites, a number of famous art paintings has also been at risk but not as a result to war casualties but however due to theft. Art theft has indeed plague quite a number of famous historical works of arts and some of them were sadly not returned even to this day.  The list of the Great Art Thefts of the 20th Century includes the loss of The Storm on the Sea of Galilee which is a painting from 1633 by the Dutch Golden Age painter Rembrandt van Rijn. This work of art was stolen on March 18, 1990 which had a dollar figure attached to the stolen work which was $300 million.

Now the Storm on the Sea of Galilee painting is considered to be priceless. After a few decades the FBI has announced that they knew who was responsible for the Boston Art Heist. However, there have been no conclusions made public as the investigation is ongoing even to this day. The painting could have been protected and kept safe when they employed master key systems to keep each one of them secured.

Of course, everything is in the past now and being upset about the mistake will not really change anything. What art museums can do however is to reinforce their art galleries and other related exhibits at all times as this can discourage those who are thinking about stealing them. Locksmiths today are able to do just that designing and installing a master key system which allows one key to access all of their client’s locks. Furthermore, they can even tailor to their system to include different key levels – allowing access, or restricting access as you require. Learn more about the master key systems and how they are able to protect your valuables.

Asian Art & Culture: Embracing Modernity

Asian-Art-&-Culture-embracing-modernityAsia comprised one-third of the world’s land mass and two-thirds of the world’s population with huge range of languages. The region is divided into geographic and cultural subregions including North Asia, East Asia, South Asia, West Asia, Southeast Asia and Central Asia. The important parts of Asian culture are Asian art, music, literature and cuisine. Eastern religion and philosophy play major roles in its culture and tradition. There has been no common history or little unity in the culture and people of Asia. Asian culture is diverse, it ranges from tribal culture to sophisticated civilization and greatly influenced by the culture of neighbouring regions.

Traditional Asian culture like the art, religion, philosophy, laws, literature, politics and history have been learned, preserved and transmitted over time. This traditional culture suffered under ailing economies, by World War. Many Asian countries under European dominance gained their independence by mid-century. These countries were influenced by western politics and started to lose cultural identity. They embraced the cultural characteristics of their conquerors and new culture and arts started to emerge. Asian arts and culture started embracing modernity by remoulding the old cultural system into a new mode. Some Asian countries embraced modernity by merging indigenous cultural elements with Western culture. Modernization occurred in these countries by accepting Western culture which resulted in changes of everyday life.

Asians were exposed to western art, culture and politics which led to modernization influenced by western culture. The adaptation of western systems of law, military and customs started modern and cosmopolitan culture in Asia. Education and migration also contributed to rapid modernization. Western clothes, food, houses and even fashion have been adopted as part of westernization. Traditional Asian art such as painting on glass, woodwork, metalwork, textiles, leather and wall frescoes were considered archaic traditions. Modernity in arts started reshaping and developing new ways that created the Asian contemporary art.

The introduction of telephones, radio, television and the internet hasten Asian modernization. They transformed Asians way of thinking from exposure to western culture. Non-material Asian cultural heritage such as arts, values, beliefs, rituals, social practices and community life were greatly affected by globalization. Traditional culture is important part of history and national identity. Yet this cultural heritage is changing and lost as people move to the urban areas to work. Different Asian cultural groups are emerging and attempting to preserve disappearing art and culture. ChinaVine an interactive website which is a collaboration among University of Oregon, University of Central Florida and other parts in China and United States is sharing Chinese custom and tradition using modern technology.

Non-material cultural heritage is very important because it can’t be recovered once it has been lost. Cultural heritage is the root of cultural identity. The preservation and promotion of cultural heritage has been gaining attention around the world. Asian art and culture although embracing modernity did not want the traditional culture to be lost. Asian community has been recognising the diversity of Asian culture, and active discussion is going on to preserve and promote non-material cultural heritage in this age of globalization. Japan established Japanese Funds-in Trust for the Preservation and Promotion of Intangible Cultural Heritage with UNESCO in 1993. It had contributed $15.67 million and implemented 100 projects to ensure the survival of non-material cultural heritage in Asia and the world.

Horses in Art throughout the Ages

Is any animal as idolised and portrayed artistically as magnificent as the horse? The horse is the noble beast who has accompanied humankind on his evolutionary journey down through the ages. Young girls form strong bonds with their horses even today. Equestrian events are avidly watched at the Olympic Games. And then there is the giant horse racing industry, which straddles the globe and attracts the rich and powerful everywhere. Have horse will conquer the world!

Degas the artist, is one of history’s most famous painters of horses, he painted them at hunts and on the race track. Degas was a big fan of horse racing and I wonder if he was alive today whether he would enjoy the many free bets and bookie joining offers that online gambling has spawned? The very shape of a horse inspires, its haunches, are powerful and, even, sexy. Horses are big and they are hung; like horses really. When a stallion rears up and mounts a mare you know what fucking is all about. These magnificent beasts are dancers on a far bigger stage than we puny humans know about. We may ride them and our dwarfed jockeys may whip them to the finishing post, but only a fool thinks we are their masters. Equus stands high above us and can outrun us; in ancient times to sit a horse was a massive advantage in battle.

Knights rode horses, with both knight and horse encased in armour. A lance protruding from a cavalry mounted warrior as he charged in at full pace to meet a similarly equipped warrior. Imagine the clash as these two met, the ripping of flesh if a point found its mark, the crashing of metallic armour; the snorting animal probably aroused by its exertions. It sure must beat watching television!

Horses can leap over barriers and gulleys at speed; and before motorised travel they met our every need. Sure horse manure in the streets was not pleasant but street sweepers had a job to do. Horses adorn Greek and Roman vases from antiquity. Horses are depicted in Stone Age cave paintings. Horses are brave and associated with brave acts. The horse is portrayed artistically in nearly every culture, which came into contact with it.

Wild brumbies used to run through the block where my father built our home, and that was only back in the nineteen fifties. The world then was a very different place, as we were closer to nature, closer to the elements; and closer to a dear companion. If you blow air gently into the nostrils of a horse they find it very pleasant; you should try it some time.

Artistic Injuries: From RSI to Mental Stress

RSI Effects to ArtistsDid you know that artists are on the top list of those most likely to be affected by RSI because of the repetitive actions they’re required in performing their craft?

Repetitive Strain Injury or RSI, now also commonly known as Occupational Overuse Syndrome is a potentially debilitating condition resulting from overusing the hands to perform a repetitive task for a long period of time. It affects the muscles, nerve tissues and tendons of the hands, arms, chest, shoulders and the upper and lower back. RSI is usually mistaken as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) but it’s actually just one form of RSI.

Artists can get RSI from drawing, painting or even from stretching their canvas as these actions put a lot of strain on their arms and wrists. Additionally, a large amount of digital designers who spend long hours on the computer are also growing and a good number of them are now looking for help to treat their injuries.

Most people with RSI suffer from pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulders, neck and back. Aside from artists, the majority of people affected by RSI is athletes, musicians and manual workers.

• Tenderness, discomfort and pain when moving the affected muscle or joint
• Throbbing and tingling sensation on the affected muscle or joint
• Loss of sensation or numbness in the hands
• Loss of strength and coordination in the hands

How to prevent RSI?
• Maintain good posture
• Use the proper techniques when working on a project
• Have a healthy lifestyle
• Exercise regularly. Stretching and strengthening exercises can greatly prevent you from developing RSI.
• Take breaks

For artists, having a repetitive strain injury can also be a mental torment, especially if they are working in isolation. Many are struggling to cope up with the ongoing and debilitating repetitive strain injury which leads to a disastrous cycle where the negative emotions end up causing more stress and more pain.

For some, healing their RSI required solving a combination of issues from ergonomic, physiological to psychological problems which makes the process of getting well much more stressful than it should be. Add to that the stress and anxiety artists feel when getting a piece commissioned and then having to produce it for a deadline, plus the mental tension leading up to art exhibitions. No wonder Van Gogh cut off his ear!

If you feel you have RSI, it’s time to seek professional medical advice from an osteopath, a licensed physical therapist or a chiropractor who can assist you and formulate a treatment plan that works for you. There are medical centres as well as RSI foundations and groups that provide education and facilitate the relief of sickness and distress amongst those suffering with this kind of injury.

The risk of developing a repetitive strain injury is growing but most people are uninformed and do not even understand what RSI is or how serious it can be. RSI commonly begins from aches and pains, but these injuries can progress to become crippling disorders which prevent sufferers from working or leading normal lives.

Can Search Engine Optimisation Help Art Galleries To Rank Better on Google?

Agora-Gallery-NYCAgora Gallery – New York

Billions of searches are done with Google, Bing, Yahoo and other search engines every month. It’s important to get the attention of people searching for art and galleries. People use keywords or phrases into search engine to find what they are looking for. Being on the first page of Google or other search engines ensure that your gallery is easily found by qualified people. Can Search Engine Optimisation Help Art Galleries To Rank Better on Google?

SEO or search engine optimisation makes website not only search engine friendly but visitor friendly. Ensuring that your website is optimised will increase your chances of ranking better. To have your gallery website indexed by search engine, a crawler follows links, read their contents, and add that info into their database. SEO entails everything from incorporating keyphrases, into headings and content, to adding alt tag and title descriptions to links and images. Traffic to your gallery site can substantially grow with proper search engine indexing.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Art gallery-SF MOMAKeywords are important to attracting search engine indexing and rankings. Keywords or phrases are content or subject that people will enter into search queries to find information on your website. The higher the ranking the more prominent they become and the more weight it is on search engine. They place high level of importance on website authority and how the website content and structure relates to a     search.

Every time you link to a post, page or other site, you are giving link juice from every single post you are linking from. Having other sites link to your website increases site authority. Having your gallery linked to gallery directory website does not have as much authority as having a prominent newspaper or art authority link back to your site in a review. A large number of social network sharing will also help make you an authoritative site.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery

Tokyo-Opera-City-Art-GalleryContent and structure of your art gallery and how it relates to search inquiry is an important factor for search engine. Google look in the text on each page as well as the title page, headline, meta description and alt text for keywords that are relevant to search terms. Aside from the artworks, make sure the content of our pages are engaging. Write your content with the viewers in mind. The

content should include keywords you want to rank for but do not overdo it. Compelling content encourages the viewers to share your content. Keep your pages fresh and updated with regular content.

Soho Galleries Sydney

Soho-Galleries-SydneyUse relevant heading tags and meta descriptions. Meta data shows up in search results and it tells the search engines and viewers what your website is about. Refrain from using the gallery name as the standard title tag across the whole website. Use this opportunity to tell the search engine about your individual page.


Make your gallery images relevant by saving your images with file names that makes sense. Traffic to your gallery can substantially grow if the search engines properly index your images. Use alt and title descriptions to have your images indexed where you want them to be. Put the artist name and the name of the artwork when you save the jpg image, this way the artist will be mentioned again to be indexed. This will make the image and the page more relevant in a search for the artist and the artwork.

Saatchi Gallery – London


Search engine optimisation can help your art gallery to rank in Google. Having a good SEO strategy is important to leverage your website with million internet searchers. Implement those strategies by doing keyword research and looking at your current rank. Evaluate your ranking regularly to see where you stand and if there’s an improvement. SEO results take some time, monitor your progress and reevaluate to find the perfect mix to see if your efforts are worthwhile.