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Art: A Sex Book

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Cult film director John Waters and art critic and curator Bruce Hainley offer a provocative and personal interpretation of the theme of sex and sexuality in art. They have selected a wide range of works, from graphic depictions of the body to abstract images suggesting or inviting different ideas of the erotic, and have arranged them into "rooms" just as in a real exhibiti ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 27th 2003 by Thames & Hudson
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
"homosexuality may just be another word for longing..."
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
this is brilliant. the best book as exhibition that i've come across. the accompanying conversation is quick, but the formal connections are extremely generous. great selections of work, good variety in materials, in casual v labored works, etc. i was in a deep rut of hating art, and i was having an awful personal morning when i happened upon this book. it utterly altered my day for the better. i laughed out loud, i was stunned, i questioned my own reflexes. it isn't overstatement to say it rest ...more
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The structure of this volume is a bit puzzling, but the content is stellar in every way. Waters and Hainley are the ultimate editors, and play off one another's tastes and interpretations cleverly. What's valuable about this book isn't so much the works included, but the mix of those that are.

An interesting, thoughtful little book Frued would have loved, with a swell overview of some intriguing works. Particularly enjoyed the thoughts on Peter Wüthrich and Chris Burden.
Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book totally transformed my views on modern art. John Waters explains so well what it is all about that now I kind of get it. Not completely, but I'm willing to give it a chance now.
Aaron the Pink Donut
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: art
Its a great book but the art is far more conceptual and less edgy then I thought it would be since it is John waters. Worth checking out. The text is pretty good.
Jul 01, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photo-art
Fun in John Water fashion.
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Jan 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
One pic has a man holding up his legs with Molly Ringwald with the "O" circling a certain part of his anatomy in permanent marker. I find art to be very subjective and this particular point of view juvenile and one dimensional. Nothing new or memorable here for me. Uninteresting, bland, no recommendation.
Feb 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What a great idea - pick a couple dozen artists you love, a theme, and discuss them with a friend in print. Makes for a wonderful little exhibition.
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Some good "food for thought" about art that I might otherwise just flip past; some good stories and conversation from the two contributing authors- worth looking into.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This book is the bomb. John Waters and art critic Bruce Hainley talk about some ten artists they like over several chapters. inspiring!
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John Samuel Waters, Jr. is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films: Pink Flamingos and Hairspray. He is recognizable by his pencil-thin moustache.
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