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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.

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.

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.

Symptoms
• 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

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.

12 Global Art Foundations Helping Struggling Artists

It can be very hard for individuals who wish to pursue a career as an artist especially when they haven’t made a name for themselves in the industry yet. They will require additional funding for them to feel safe and secured. Listed below are 12 Global Art Foundations Helping Struggling Artists today.

  1. Artist Pension Trust

http://www.aptglobal.org/en/

Artist Pension Trust offers both long-term financial security and international exposure to select artists around the world based on a unique tailor-made financial model.

  1. Women Arts

http://www.womenarts.org/

WomenArts works to empower an international community of women artists and allies by sharing news about inspiring arts projects and opportunities.

  1. Foundation Center

http://foundationcenter.org/

Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed.

  1. DACS

http://www.dacs.org.uk/

DACS is a not-for-profit visual artists’ rights management organization that campaigns for artists’ rights, championing their sustained and vital contribution to the creative economy.

  1. Desjardins Financial Security Independent Network

http://www.dfsinvestmentinsurance.ca/en/Pages/home.aspx

DFS provides annuity for artists. With it, if one earns over $25,000 in a given year, they can stagger the excess income over a period of up to 7 years to save on taxes.

  1. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

http://www.warholfoundation.org/

This Foundation is a national funder supporting a diverse array of projects and organizations around the country and abroad.

It should be noted that artists are self-employed so at times they may be forced to look for self-employed loans to keep themselves going rather than to take a job which reduces their artistic output as well as their dedication and time.

  1. Knight Foundation

http://knightfoundation.org/

Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts.

  1. The Arts Foundation

http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/

The Arts Foundation exists to help artists and celebrate the existence of art by giving financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in, their art form.

  1. Arts Council England

http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives that support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

  1. Aaron Siskind Foundation

http://www.aaronsiskind.org/

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art.

  1. The Barnes Foundation

http://www.barnesfoundation.org/

The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.”

  1. The Puffin Foundation

http://www.puffinfoundation.org/

The Puffin Foundation Ltd. has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations that are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

 

Art on Social Media: Who to Follow to Stay Cool & Cultured

Social-media-who-to-followArt plays a major role in our daily lives. It is not just for looking or admiring, it is also functional. Art surround us in different forms and it create a sense of joy. Today, art find its way with technology and social media. Social media provides visual and performing artist a place to promote their work and reach their audience. Social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and other social media sites work like a virtual gallery. It gives people a chance to find, share, comment and interact with the artist, just as they would in a real gallery showing.

If you’re a lover of the arts we can help you by compiling a list of who to follow on social media to stay cool and cultured:

Twitter - artist_a_day

Artist a Day @artistaday
Aims to raise awareness for fine art globally, through establishing connection between top emerging artist and people who love art. It curates contemporary art by featuring artist everyday.

 

Museum of Modern Art – @MuseumModernArt
The museum’s collection contains almost 200,000 works from around the world spanning the last 150 years. The collection includes an ever-expanding range of visual expression, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, design, photography, architecture, film, media and performance art.

NY Times Arts – @nytimesarts
New York Times arts and entertainment guide where you get noteworthy cultural events in New York and worldwide. Headlines come regularly and you can sort by theater, books, arts and more.

Yoko Ono @yokoono
Yoko is a multimedia artist, singer and peace activist who received Austria’s highest award for applied contemporary art. She has made significant philanthropic contributions to the arts, peace, disaster relief and other causes.

Art Lover @TopArtNews
Get the latest news from Twitter art gallery. TopArtNews is always looking for the next great artist while delivering up to the minute news.

The Art World @theartworld
The Art World is a Twitter account that feature artist around the world, art galleries, articles, art information, art movements, art history and much more.

ArtLog @artlog –
This is an interactive art and cultural directory where art meets design, music and technology. They are providing a comprehensive catalog of contemporary art, city and neighborhood guides, expert content, artist spotlights and commentary.

Estria @estria
Estria is a nonprofit organization using art in public to transform communities and bring attention to important local issues. They create innovative public art projects and education programs using art in public as a catalyst for community engagement.

Julia Forsyth @JuliaForsythArt
Julia is a linocut printmaker, painter, mixed-media artist, and art teacher. She tweets about art adventures with painting, linocut printmaking, drawing, and maps.

Pete Hobden @PeteHobden
Pete is a visual artist who started painting later in life. He is a member of the informal #Draw365 group on Twitter who is always there supporting the work of his fellow artists.

Elizabeth Fortescue @Ozartwriter
Visual arts writer, correspondent Daily Telegraph. She informs and entertains with news and views about the art scene in Sydney and all over Australia.

Social-media-FacebookBored Panda
Bored Panda is a leading art, design and photography community for creative people. Their submission platform helps artists and creators turn their stories into must-read viral content.

 

 

Laughing Squid
A daily dose of unique art, culture and technology from around the world. The Laughing Squid blog is run by founder Scott Beale, who is Publisher and Editor-In-Chief. They post about a variety of interesting things mostly relating to art, culture and technology.

Yatzer
Yatzer one of the most indispensable sources for design inspiration which features captivating far-reaching news stories, interviews and reviews from the creative world, covering areas such as design, architecture, travel, art, fashion, events etc.

Design Collector Network
This site has been online for 12 years; they post about art, design, sculpture, photography, tattoo, illustration, music, motion and graphic design.

Boooooom
This is an art and photo blog which was launched in 2008 by Vancouver-based artist Jeff Hamada. It aims to foster a community of people excited to go out and be creative, it has a soft spot for hand-made work by unknown people.

Instagram has become one of the Internet’s most popular social media networks. This photo sharing site is a great platform for artist to showcase their work and for followers to take a peek in the creative process.

Social-media-InstagramJR
JR is an awesome photographer who frequently shares his work in progress. Visit his instagram account to get an opportunity to enjoy moments captured by his artistic eye.

 

 

Evoca1
Evoca1 is a painter, designer and urban artist. He emerges art and humanity together to raise public awareness about poverty. If you love art and social commitment take a look at his photos on instagram.

DALeast
DALeast is one of the most prolific artists of our time. He is the master of illusions, he combine lines and layering to make images appear as if they are about to jump off the canvas.

KAWS
KAWS produces fine art via thoughtful interplay with consumer products and collaborations with global brands. Get a good view of contemporary culture from his Instagram post.

CYRCLE
CYRCLE, the exciting duos are experts in street art. They drew a fine line within the urban art world through street campaigns, design, fine art, murals, and collaborations.

Social-media-TumblrHyperallergic Labs
Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. It combines criticism, reporting, political activism and gossip on an almost-24-hour news cycle.

 

 

Contemporary Art Daily
This blog post provide selected contemporary art exhibitions from around the world, with new exhibitions posted each day. They are publishing high quality documentation from exhibitions ranging from major museums to young commercial galleries

Phone Arts
Phone Arts is an International collaborative project experimenting using only the mobile phone as the medium to create unique compositions. They explore the boundaries of the phone to create graphic illustrations and designs.

Museum Nerd
Museum Nerd explore museum exhibits and post about museums, art, history, education, museology, logophilia and punnery. It’s nerdy, educational and also entertaining.

 

Can You Become An Artist Later In Life?

Can-you-become-an-artist-later-in-lifeMany people dream of becoming an artist. Some are just lucky enough to start in the artistic profession early in life. Most of them are introduced in the realm of art by artistic parents or grew in supportive environment. For many of us, art was an early passion that got stifled out of necessity, as we pursued careers in different fields to make a living or being busy with other responsibilities.

Do you want to start an artistic career, but felt it was too late? Can you still become an artist later in life? I have met many people in their sixties and even eighties who discovered their artistic capabilities and managed to create masterpieces. People who create are artist. You can be an artist by creating and bringing your passion to life. Talent is not necessary just do something that comes easily and improve on it. You don’t have to be oil painter to be an artist. There are many unconventional ways to express your creativity. You can even experiment with the new digital technology for creative expression.

It’s never too late to start moving your life to the direction of your passion. Creative pursuit knows no age, creative expression may involve art, craft, singing, dancing, acting and learning an instrument or any other medium. Many people who pursue art after retiring from their primary careers talk about feeling of achievement and creating a legacy.

Art therapy encourages people to express emotions through artistic expression. It provides relaxation and stress relief promoting physiological healing. It can be particularly useful for women who are having difficulty adjusting emotionally to menopause. Art therapy together with menopause treatments can help women come to terms creatively in this new phase of their lives. Focusing in art is a way to use the time of menopause to creatively explore yourself.

Recent studies made by neuropsychologists and other scientists confirmed that age 60 and beyond may be the best time in life to take up different art forms like writing, playing musical instrument, visual art like painting, sculpting or photography. The brain continues to grow new connections and become more efficient with age, contrary to what we believe. Creating art keeps the brain in top condition. Wisdom amassed over years of experience enhances the expression of art.

Van Gogh, Matisse and Cezanne are among the great artist who started their painting careers later in life. Here’s a list of artist that prove that it’s never too late to pursue a career in the arts. Please share this with people you know who’s afraid about starting new creative pursuits, these late-bloomers have demonstrated that you should always try to do what you love doing, no matter how old you are.

Louise Bourgeois
An artist and sculptor who reached her greatest artistic success in her seventies and eighties. Among her works of art was her largest spider sculpture titled “Maman” which was a sculptural tributes to motherhood.

Kathryn Bigelow
American filmmaker and television director. She was the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director with the war film The Hurt Locker when she was 57. She was named to the Time 100 list of most influential people in 2010.

Millard Kaufman
Novelist who published his debut novel, “Bowl of Cherries,” when he was 90 years old. He is the co-creator of “Mr. Magoo,” and wrote two Oscar-nominated screenplays.

Mary Delany
A famous decoupage artists who began her career at the age of 71. She created detailed imitations of plants or paper collages, creating over 1,000 paper flowers in the last years of her life.

Herbert Ferber
A painter and sculptor who only gave up his dentistry practice when he was in his mid-60’s when he felt confident enough to work full-time on his art. His sculptures were among the earliest Abstract Expressionist sculptural pieces during his time.

Art Therapy for Kids with Learning Difficulties

Art therapy learning difficulties

When children have difficulties expressing their emotions or building a stable relationship, most parents and teachers will be enticed to give up since they no longer know what to do to control the behavior. Moreover, some kids will even display delayed cognitive abilities which will certainly bring up learning difficulties.

Art Therapy

Art therapy is a unique process that assists the child to understand the stage they are going through. It provides a safe outlet for the child to express his/her feelings.

A child will participate in activities that not only verbalizes deep thoughts and emotions, but also encourages creativity energy which is key in igniting desired changes in behavior and attitude.

How art therapy works

Art therapy  basically  involves using art supplies to improve verbal therapy. During art therapy sessions, each one of students will use a wide range of art supplies  to illustrate their feelings and thoughts concerning an issue as well as talk about it.

The symbols will assist children to define themselves and also build their self-esteem. It’s vital that a child possesses the freedom to define themselves through defining their own symbols as well as the perception of reality.

Note that self-definition is part of recovery from many issues including learning difficulties.

Benefits of Art therapy

Any child is able to benefit from the healing process of art therapy. Art therapy allows the child to counter deep-seated issues like learning difficulties, grow their talents, as well as achieve a sense of personal satisfaction. Besides, here are other benefits that they’ll experience:

– Children with cognitive disabilities will benefit greatly from the use of art since it will assist to enhance decision-making skills and mastery of content. Through the use of form and schematic development, they will develop and advance cognitively.

– The act of discharging feelings can assist students to find an alternative means of expressing their emotions instead of acting out by hurting themselves or others.

– Use of imagination and other creative tools will assist the child to recognize that process as their strength and they’ll be able to use it to re-energize themselves and enhance coping skills.

It’s important to note that art therapy is a master’s level profession. When seeking an art therapist, go for one who’s well trained in the fields of art therapy or expressive art.

Conclusion

Children with learning difficulties no longer have to trouble you as a parent or teacher. Plenty of ways to assist such children exist, and art therapy being the most reliable, it’s upon you to let your child be part of it today.

Erotic Art vs Modern Porn

Young-girl-defending-herself-against-loveYoung girl defending herself against love by William-Adolfe Bouguereau 1825 – 1905

Sometimes I asked myself what is erotic art and what is modern porn. What distinguishes between the two forms of expressions? The distinction between these two is widely debated but hardly agreed upon. I noticed that the difference in opinion basically depends on aesthetic, personal moral and religious values of the people looking at it.

Let us first define what art is and what is erotic art, this will help us to understand this form of expression. Art is the expression of creative skill and imagination in visual form that stimulates the senses or emotions.
It encompasses painting, sculpture, music, poetry and architecture. While decorative arts include weaving, pottery, metalworking and furniture making.

Erotic-Pottery-at-Larco-MuseumErotic Pottery at Larco Museum, Lima Peru

Erotic art was derived from the Greek word “eros” meaning love or passion. This form of art has a sexual theme that elicits sexual feelings or desires but also stirs other emotion. It is both sexually arousing and intellectually stimulating. It captures individuality, subjectivity and the whole personality of the person being represented. Erotic art had been around for ages, the earliest erotic art was found on cave walls. Ancient people used their surroundings to express erotic artworks. People in different parts of the world used potteries, weaving, painting, sculpture, furniture, photography and print to express erotic art.

The term pornography was derived from two Greek words “porne” meaning harlot or prostitute and “graphos” which refers to writing. In simple words pornography is writing about prostitutes. Modern pornography is much more than stories about prostitutes. It includes writings, images, print, films and digital media like the internet, phone sex, and video sex. Modern porn today is more like salacious writing or pictures for the purpose of sexual excitement and erotic satisfaction.

Erotic art vs. modern porn what is the real difference? Both of them elicit sexual feelings. The perception and appreciation of beauty or aesthetics is subjective, it lies on the observer. Erotic art whether drawing, painting, sculpture, engraving, lithography, photography or film captures the beauty of the human anatomy. It is also evocative but it does not exclusively appeal to the sexual appetite. Pornography on the other hand does not engage the aesthetic sense because it leaves nothing to the imagination. It bares everything, the main purpose is to titillate and elicit intense sexual arousal.

The kind of response from observer of erotic art and modern porn is also different. Erotic art stirs the senses not just sexual. It expresses affection, love, caring and adoration. It lets the viewer experience sensual delights of a higher order. Pornography appeals to the carnal instincts. The portrayal of human flesh is calculated to heighten sexual allure and aims to give immediate sexual release.

Erotic artist pursue this form because of beauty. The end product might sell for a price, but the basic goal of the artist is to transmit what they feel is ethereal sensuality. Porn artists work for monetary value and aesthetics is just a secondary consideration. Pornography is produced to make the largest profit possible.

The-Garden-of-earthly-delightsThe Garden of Earthly Delights, an erotic triptych by Hieronymous Bosch 1450 – 1516