To raise awareness and funds for the critically endangered gorilla species, public artists Gillie and Marc Schattner have created a massive sculpture of the animal that arrived in Hudson Yards’ Bella Abzug Park. Titled King Nyani, Swahili for ‘gorilla’, it’s the world’s largest bronze gorilla sculpture and can fit two to three humans just in its hands.
Il Piccolo Ristoro Cafe in Chelsea serves a nice breakfast in the garden.
A lovely garnish to an excellent Cappuccino!
Plus, some Tootsie Pop Art to remind dievca of her Dad.
Photos: dievca NYC Chelsea Neighborhood 09/2020
A quick recap:
dievca tried to get a COVID-19 antibody test the morning after the riots started in NYC. she walked to three midtown urgent care centers and they were all closed. Apparently, the decision to close was made that morning for workers’ safety – it wasn’t known to dievca at 8 am. Then she drove 2000 miles, roundtrip to her Mother.
dievca was finally was able to get an antibody test last week and play detective when she scheduled an appointment at the NY.gov temporary tent medical center in her neighborhood. On her walk to have blood drawn she ran into some new park artwork:
The COVID-19 antibody test came back negative. That means that her co-worker who ended up with a positive test did not get sick at work, they picked up the virus in Queens.
PS. she’s not planning on kissing the Frog Prince with COVID-19 lurking about~
Photos: dievca NYC Hudson Yards 06/2020
Paperback Sex Novels –
what Kindle manages to hide.
The Artwork is Classic.
dievca is not too sure about the storylines. If you are humored here is the link to the website which has documented these …. lost classics.
The Altos dos Moinos Lisbon metro stop is on the Blue Line. The station opened to the public in 1988 and is designed by architect Ezequiel Nicolau with the plastic interventions of the painter Julio Pomar.
Using graffiti as an artistic expression, Júlio Pomar honored four figures of Portuguese letters;
Camões, Bocage, Pessoa, and Almada.
The work of a year of drawing resulted in the plastic animation of the station’s walls and an exhibition organized by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Center for Modern Art in 1984 entitled “1 Year of Drawing, 4 Poets in the Lisbon Metropolitan”.
João Castel-Branco Pereira, in his work “Arte-Metropolitano de Lisboa”, describes the emphasis the painter wanted to impress on each poet and the iconography he used; Camões “warrior and gallant, memories of a poetically fictional homeland history, in duels, medieval, etc.
Photos: dievca, Lisbon Portugal 08/2019
Do you remember the heat of the Summer?
Cruising along on your bike?
Bicycles = Freedom
Stopping to flirt with the girls or boys?
Time had no meaning.
~Summers were Endless~
Photos: dievca Sweden 08/2019
Photo: Zoltan Glass - World
Bundled up like a bratwurst in a bun – dievca walked home from work on Wednesday
and caught sight of these two pieces of Artwork in an empty gallery.
They made her stop and smile.
One of the Gallery workers stuck his head out the door and said the show opened the next day.
dievca missed the cocktail opening on Thursday,
but will ask her Master to join her for a “looksee” at the gallery, next week.
If you cannot make it to 10th Avenue before the March closing – here’s the catalog for the
Connor Brothers’ Show,”A Dangerous Idea” :
Photos: dievca 01/2019 Chelsea NYC
dievca ran into a collection of leather goods from Todd Pendu & Zana Bayne called, “Magnum Opus” SS14. she purchased two items: a bracelet and a necklace which she modified slightly to make it a leather collar. How? she added holes at the buckles to tighten it and removed the attached triangle piece so Master could attach His lead.
The term “Post-Fetish” was coined by Todd Pendu as “decontextualizing traditional fetish gear into aesthetic accessories to be incorporated into everyday wear”.
Originally, dievca was focused on the person in the co-collaboration whose name was on the worked leather, Zana Bayne. But, she starting looking deeper into the gorgeous work of co-Creative Director, Todd Pendu after viewing some of his photographs.
Paz de la Huerta, lensed and styled by Todd Pendu
All wardrobe from the Zana Bayne “Moonbathers Collection”.
Shot in Los Angeles, August 2016
Todd Pendu is a multi-disciplinary artist and image-maker currently living and working in NYC and Los Angeles. PENDV JOURNAL is an online platform and portfolio for his creative projects and art/photographic works. He is the founder of DEVIL’S WHOREHOUSE STUDIO. He is also co-Creative Director at ZANA BAYNE.
Email: info @ pendvjournal . com
“I am a self-described ‘Duchampian Punk’ and a proponent for Libertine Culture. I work independently outside the Establishment. My art doesn’t always fit in to convenient aesthetic categories. I’m interested in personal freedom and expression. I do what I want. I create for those outside society – for those who live by their own rules – not for everyone, but for everyone else.” – Todd Pendu
Cheyenne, lensed by Todd Pendu
Shot in an apartment in Paris. March, 2017.
Todd Pendu is a multi-talented person who is able to walk the edge and create elegance. dievca would like to Thank him for allowing her to share some if his work. Please stop by His site and wander.
“Exhausted and alone, my resources are gone, I need your strength to carry me on.”
The original was slated for a charity auction benefiting women’s shelters. The auction was canceled by the organizers making it available. It is matted (3″)and signed by myself and the model. Click here to purchase.
A low-key lighting set up of Keira Grant in an emotive artistic nude pose.
A fun way to investigate the neighborhoods of NYC would be to find the local Coffee Shops that are original to the City. dievca is sure it would be tricky and take a lot of planning + subway travel, but perhaps using these coffee cup posters from Knowlita would help:
Posters of the Coffee Cups of NYC, Knwolita and Henry Hargraves and Massimo Mongiardo
Hmmm, dievca just figured out that we will have to use the digital options as a guide because the limited edition prints are sold out…bummer.
Like a lioness couchante,
sated, yet stimulated
“Female Nude Lying Down” Sanguine and white chalk on cream-colored paper Eric Bossik
click the graphic for the website
* Lithograph on thin, fibrous handmade paper
* Signed in pencil at lower right
* Edition 10/30
* Print is impressed into rag paper, creating a seamless appearance
* In metal frame, behind glass, wired for hanging
* Light wear
Auction ends on Oct. 25th, 10 pm EST
the sundeck would be jammed.
Not a bad place to take a good beer, right?
Château de Caen – William the Conqueror built the Castle c. 1060
Then dievca spotted this at the supermarché…what?
“Sex in a Canoe” Beer
(all the way from outside Dallas, Texas)
Photos: dievca 08/2018 Caen, France
A comprehensive body of work, Graff’s Constriction series began in 1991. Much of the series was photographed over an intensive two-year period (1991-1992), after which the series was revisited in 2013.
In Constriction, we discover nude figures bound with ropes. Their bodies, partially concealed, are meticulously wrapped in a manner reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian mummy wrap technique. Captured in raking light, the bodies appear incomplete, resembling at times heavy stone sculptures.
The eroticism of a rope-tied nude figure has appealed to many artists in the past. Man Ray’s 1936 Venus Restaurée, a precursor to Graff’s work, binds a classical armless female nude with rope. However, Graff’s nude figures are too complex to be interpreted as mere sexual fantasies. Graff’s subject matter stems primarily from his fascination with the ritual of binding body parts found in various indigenous cultures.
Another source of inspiration for Graff is the escapologist and stunt performer Harry “Handcuff” Houdini, who would often volunteer to be bound and chained on stage before performing a miraculous escape. This theatrical element is alluded to in Graff’s studio set, which often incorporates a painted canvas backdrop reminiscent of a Victorian stage or sideshow backdrop.
Graff’s bound nude figures offer many potential interpretations, making the Constriction series a dynamic, dramatic, and timeless body of work. ~ Todd Merrill Gallery
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Walk side by side,
listening and sharing.
Gain strength with skin to skin contact,
comfort through olfaction.
If one cannot regroup via travel,
traveling though the mind helps.
Look at beauty with someone close.
Dream through their eyes.
If that is not possible,
just remember you are loved.
Fred Kyrel – Fashion Shibari
For those Sirs and Madams with patience.
Two aspects of Nature can be very Raw: Weather and Sex
Both are tied to the Seasons
dievca has been dealing with Weather for the past 3 days.
she would like to move her attention to Sex
Yes, Sex can be gentle and loving. It can also be harsh and demanding.
In BDSM there is always the elements of domination and submission
surround by messy, earthy, direct and indirect actions.
Man Ray captured what dievca is desiring with his work for the Seasons.
Models: Man Ray and Kiki de Montparnasse
When the Brussels-based art magazine Varits was unable to pay a printers’ bill in 1929 it was suggested that they publish an erotic edition to raise working capital; Louis Aragon approached Man Ray for some photographs to include in the volume, and was presented with a sheaf of closely cropped pornographic prints featuring a couple widely assumed to be Kiki Montparnesse and Man Ray himself. The edition was entitled simply 1929, and some 500 copies featuring four of the photos were printed. Most of them were promptly seized by French Customs, but the few copies that got through were soon on sale clandestinely in Paris at greatly inflated prices. (1929, by Benjamin Pret, Aragon and Man Ray is currently published by Alyscamps Press, Paris & London, ISBN 1897722 885).
(click here for the History of the photos via the Tate Modern 2003 article)
Hmmm — it looks like a NYC Subway Map, but that shape and color is…
Hah! a Penis!
Manhattan Island does look like a Penis!
It is different and risqué….I like it.
Artwork on Auction from Shop Housing Works NYC (click here)
Auction ends in about a week.
* Printed poster cut and inserted into CD cases
* Signed on back
* Appears to have been assembled by hand
* Edition 28/100
* Great condition
Add a little Hot Rod Art to you walls. dievca thinks the work was done for a San Diego punk band “Rocket from the Crypt” performing at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
The LUSH curves made her smile!
(click on the Lot Id # for the auction, ending on Sunday evening)
* Serigraph on paper
* Edition: 152/1500
* Signed on lower right
* Mounted on linen
* Shows light signs of wear with some scuffing and pin holes to linen corners
Coop, real name Chris Cooper, is a hot rod artist working from Los Angeles. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1968, and describes his occupation as “Insensitive Artiste”. His work consists primarily of barely clothed Bettie Page-style 1950s soft pornography and/or B-movie monsters, with the female characters often taking the role of “Devil-Women”. The image most often associated with his work is however slightly more tame: the face of a grinning devil with a smoking cigar clamped in its teeth.
Coop has become popular with certain bands and labels and has provided art for several Sympathy for the Record Industry releases as well as the posters for Reverend Horton Heat, Lords of Acid, Green Day, Nirvana, Soundgarden and The Foo Fighters.
Coop is an avid hot rod enthusiast and well-known amongst the Kustom Kulture community. He makes an annual appearance at the Mooneyes Xmas party. He released a book in 2001 called Devils Advocate: The Art of Coop. In 2004 he released The Big Fat One, containing 1008 pages of collected sketches, and has recently formed a collaboration with Hot Wheels to sell a series of miniature “Coop-Customized” hot rods.
Charis Wilson, the model for this series, admitted to being shocked upon seeing Weston’s nudes for the first time, as she had previously known only the romantically retouched photographs of bodies then popular. In studying Weston’s work she found, “I couldn’t get past the simple amazement at how real they were. Then I began to see the rhythmic patterns, the intensely perceived sculptural forms, the subtle modulations of tone, of which these small, perfect images were composed. And I began to appreciate the originality of the viewpoint that had selected just these transitory moments and made them fast against the current of time.”
Bill Brandt was born in Hamburg, Germany on 3 May 1904, into a wealthy family of bankers and merchants. He spent his early years in Germany, and then, as he suffered from tuberculosis, at sanatoria in Switzerland and Austria. He moved to London in 1933 and, by the time of his death in 1983, had transformed himself into a quintessential Englishman the result of a lifetime trying to bury his roots. He had also become world-famous for his highly idiosyncratic photographs.
Thank you to Beetles + Huxley
dievca and Master have tried to change it up on dates. The Ranger’s Game, Chinatown wandering and, now, the Museum of Sex.
We expected tackiness and Master had read at one point the Museum was to close down, but it seems like they raised the prices ($17.50 online, $19.50 offline for tickets) to keep the Museum in its space.
Location: dievca was to meet Master in the front of the Museum at 3:00 pm and she kept looking up the address on Google. Google wouldn’t keep a history of the name/address, so she had to keep typing it in.
233 Fifth Avenue at the corner of East 27th Street in Manhattan
dievca waited on the Street Corner for Master in her vintage Leopard Coat, triple XXX Agnes b. dress and thigh-hi patent leather boots. An homage to their experience.
Master had come from working and was in a button down shirt, brown corduroys, Brooks Brothers Cashmere coat and NO GLASSES! His eyes were settling from cataract surgery.
After bypassing the Toy store in the front of the Museum space, dievca and Master entered the Disco! Night Fever: New York Disco 1977–1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs
The space was an immersive experiences with a lounge set-up, photographs on the wall, disco soundtracks and full bar. Master had a flashback of driving a taxi in the City, picking up fares at the Clubs. The bathrooms had frosted sink windows, a non-functional “two-way” mirror at the toilet and hand holds for sex on the walls. Plus, a beefy bouncer on site.
OK-kinda fun and listening to Master’s flashback of Memories. Cool.
Up the stair we went and the first show: OBJECTXXX: SELECTED ARTIFACTS FROM THE MUSEUM OF SEX ARCHIVE. It was a messy, scattered collection of “erotic” pieces dumped together with no real rhyme or reason. For an extra $3.00 you could hop into the Bouncy Boobies room. Not something that was even considered with Master’s recent surgeries.
dievca’s thought was “Oh, shit – this is going to be tedious.”
dievca and Master continued on to the The Sex Lives of Animals. An exhibit trying to show the uncensored story of various animal mating and life practices. Some interesting information was offered, but dievca felt it was something that could be looked up on the internet. A better exhibition than the floor below, but not stellar.
Things are getting more interesting.
dievca has never watched a Pornography Movie — she’s watched the elegant Blow Job videos as a tutorial, early in her relationship with Master. But, “Debbie Does Dallas” or “Deep Throat” ? Nah.
The next gallery was about Pornography in photos, and film: HARDCORE: A CENTURY & A HALF OF OBSCENE IMAGERY
The layout was much more comprehensive and took you though the development of photos/postcards showing French prostitutes with their striped stockings up to the mainstreaming of pornography with “Deep Throat” in 1972. The point being that pornography was alive and well throughout the Centuries, not just a recent development with DVD’s and online activities.
Aha! the last exhibition, I think we hit the jackpot!
Known/Unknown: Private Obsession and Hidden Desire in Outsider Art
The art in Known/Unknown is a long way from the typical art world. Many of the artists in the exhibit are self-taught, with little formal education, and range from institutionalized mental patients, to intellectually disabled people, to untutored isolates and eccentrics. Their pieces were often created in seemingly unlikely places; ranging from the sanctuary of psychiatric hospitals to private realms hidden within the lonely, impersonal jungles of teeming cities.
The exhibition offered glimpses into people’s minds and hearts from their private viewpoints of erotica and sex. Secrecy and isolation fueled a unique creativity.
Master and dievca enjoyed this exhibition very much. The room was empty, almost if it was too much for people to handle. The work was evocative.
dievca’s favorite piece/collection was from a Milwaukee, WI “outsider artist”, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein. His erotic photographs of his wife Marie are stylistic reminiscent of the 1940’s black and white pin-ups. They convey the love and playfulness between the photographer and his muse that is titillating and profound.
Now this last offering made the trip worthwhile!
dievca had plans to see a certain Art Exhibition in ‘s-Hertogenbosch this Spring. Scheduling got in the way and she missed the exhibition. Instead, dievca made her way to the Rijksmuseum for another Art Installation and ran into a few unexpected surprises.
One surprise was:
All of George Hendrik Breitner’s versions of
Girl in a Kimono
together for the first time
The countless versions of a girl in a kimono, which is considered an icon of Japonism, emerged between 1893 and 1896. Young model Geesje Kwak posed for almost all of his paintings, being immortalised in the process. Based on new research, the exhibition displays the full series of 14 paintings for the first time, including a hitherto unknown ‘Girl in a Red Kimono’ from a private collection. Besides the paintings, there are also drawings, sketches and photographs used by the artist in preparation.
dievca was entranced! How elegant, sultry, beautiful. How simple to present:
dievca may not be able to afford to buy a real Kimono — but the effect (a poor 2nd) could be reproduced for Master in an elegant way with a Silk Robe. So, dievca went digging in her closet and here’s what she found to Present in:
All three robes have a different look or feel — but they should be fun to work with in developing Presentation Outfits. What is in your closet for presenting to your Sir or Madame?
(Photo Gallery: dievca Rijksmuseum May 2016)
At the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam there is a gorgeous installation of flower lights that drop and open — softer petals. I have photos, but the videos are a better look.
(dievca’s photos down below) XO
The video of making the art is fabulous.
Vidoes: "Better Late Than Pregnant". Photos: dievca 2016 Amsterdam Rijksmuseum
Les Sept poèmes d’amour en guerre, 1943
Au nom du front parfait profond
Au nom des yeux que je regarde
Au de la bouche que j’embrasse
Pour aujourd’hui et pour toujours
Au nom de l’espoir entérré
Au nom des larmes dans le noir
Au nom des plaintes qui font rire
Au nom des rires qui font peur
Au nom des rires dans la rue
De la douceur qui lie nos mains
Au nom des fruits couvrant les fleurs
Sur une terre belle et bonne
Au nom des hommes en prison
Au nom des femmes déportées
Au nom de tous nos camarades
Martyrisés et massacrés
Pour n’avoir pas accepter l’ombre
Il nous faut drainer la colère
Et faire se lever le fer
Pour préserver l’image haute
Des innocents partout traqués
Et qui partout vont triompher.
On behalf of the great deep forehead
On behalf of the eyes that I look
On the mouth I kiss
Now and forever
On behalf of buried hope
On behalf of tears in the dark
On behalf of the complaints that make you laugh
On behalf of laughter scary
On behalf of laughter in the street
The sweetness that binds our hands
On behalf of fruit covering flowers
On beautiful and good soil
On behalf of the men in prison
On behalf of the women deported
On behalf of all our comrades
Martyred and massacred
For not accepting the dark
We have to drain the anger
And to lift up iron
To preserve the clear picture
Innocents hounded everywhere
And who will triumph everywhere.
Nusch Éluard (1906 – 1946)
Maria Benz settled in Paris after her acting career in Berlin was complete (1920’s). She met Paul Eluard on the street. He had just separated from his wife Gala, who left him for Salvador Dali. She became a muse to the Surrealist movement to which her lover belongs, she is the subject of sensual nude photographs by Man Ray and the key inspiration to Paul Eluard’s poems. The couple marries in 1934. During the 1930s, Pablo Picasso becomes a close friend of the Eluards and the painter often depicts Nusch. It is strongly rumoured that they went on a romantic affair which was approved by Paul Eluard who seemed to appreciate the concept of ménage-à-trois. Paul Eluard previously ‘lent’ his first wife, Gala to Max Ernst. Nusch Eluard with her husband became an iconic couple of the Surrealist movement but she also embodied the image of an independent, unconventional and highly erotic woman who created an art of her own.
Silver Shoes, 1993
|HEIGHT:||10 in. (25 cm)|
|WIDTH:||8 in. (20 cm)|
|MATERIALS:||Archival Ink on Archival Paper|
As Seen by Me in Several Pair of Shoes
|ARTIST:||Louise Laplante (American)|
|HEIGHT:||26 in. (66 cm)|
|WIDTH:||35.5 in. (90 cm)|
Heel on stove top
|ARTIST:||Albert Watson (b. 1942, Scottish)|
|HEIGHT:||24.02 in. (61 cm)|
|WIDTH:||31.89 in. (81 cm)|
|MATERIALS:||Archival Pigment Print, 2 different sizes and editions available|
Kate Moss in Ronnie Wood’s recording studio, Ireland
|ARTIST:||Juergen Teller (1964, German)|
|HEIGHT:||20 in. (51 cm)|
|WIDTH:||16 in. (41 cm)|
|ARTIST:||Ted Adams (United States)|
|MATERIALS:||Silver Gelatin Photograph|
|HEIGHT:||5 in. (13 cm)|
|WIDTH:||7 in. (18 cm)|
Christians High Heel Ballerina Shoe, 2008
|ARTIST:||Todd Selby (United States)|
|HEIGHT:||28 in. (71 cm)|
|WIDTH:||23 in. (58 cm)|
Shoes FS II 255
|ARTIST:||Andy Warhol (1928-1987, American)|
|HEIGHT:||40.25 in. (102 cm)|
|WIDTH:||4 ft. 11.5 in. (151 cm)|
|MATERIALS:||Screenprint with diamond dust on Arches Aquarelle paper|
|MOVEMENT & STYLE:||Pop Art|
CHRISTY TURLINGTON, NEW YORK, 2010
|ARTIST:||Mark Seliger (b. 1959, American)|
|ARTIST:||Albert Watson (b. 1942, Scottish)|
|HEIGHT:||4 ft. 7.9 in. (142 cm)|
|WIDTH:||42.13 in. (107 cm)|
|MATERIALS:||Archival Pigment Print|
|CONDITION:||Excellent. 3 different sizes and editions available.|
Stephanie Seymour Marc Jacobs shoe campaign, New York
|ARTIST:||Juergen Teller (1964, German)|
|HEIGHT:||4 ft. 2 in. (127 cm)|
|WIDTH:||5 ft. (152 cm)|
Shoes FS II 257
|ARTIST:||Andy Warhol (1928-1987, American)|
|HEIGHT:||40.25 in. (102 cm)|
|WIDTH:||4 ft. 11.5 in. (151 cm)|
|MATERIALS:||Screenprint and diamond dust on Arches Aquarelle paper|
|MOVEMENT & STYLE:||Pop Art|