"All art is erotic" - Gustav Klimpt

I read recently a story that Channel 4 (UK), are about to air on public TV, a genuine erect penis (https://bit.ly/323wkcd). Flaccid, like pubic hair before it is on the way out, and it won’t be long before we’re awash with erect penises in every edgy adult show. So today, I’m celebrating this small victory over censorship, and I thought I’d talk about art and our itsy-bitsys.

Let’s be clear, our sexual organs are everywhere and frequently placed in places that you may not have expected at all. Sometimes it’s graphic, in your face, others well, more circumspect, romantic, or hidden as symbols, metaphors or, as we like them them now 'Easter eggs'.

So in no particular order, here’s my favourite five naughty artworks currently available through Rato Society. Please feel free to listen to the benny hill theme tune (https://open.spotify.com/track/5XgYWQKEqSqA5vXJmwZa6n?si=gU7rYvHhS_mrVz-Ze1ntCw) while you browse the best of our sordid art.

First off I’m giving a huge shout out to Sonja Brzak. I love her work. I think it’s affirming in it’s portrayal of women. Theres are great in historical number of influences from Picasso to Britto. What I love about her is her attention to empowerment. There’s an energy that is created by the momentum of her subjects. Your eye dances allover the canvas following the elegant yet energetic lines and colour.

As a child of the late seventies London, I can’t help but hold the following artwork in high regard. It absolutely sums up so much of the world I know and have seen evolve. Margaret Thatcher - the ultimate Iron Lady, the Right wing, free market, bring down the unions and cut spending Prime Minister for most of my youth. Brilliant. She stole our milk, and I’m still seething. I'm not even sure I know why I seethed so much, but it was everywhere, every child I was surrounded with had the same hate. She really was worse than Darth Vadar, at least he only appeared on the screen for 12 minutes. She was on the TV every night.

Despite all that, Chris Radcliffe does much better with imagery than I do with words. He’s delved into fetish imagery and with the skill that only decades of technical excellence allows, had taken our dear Maggie to a ‘Rubber Ball’. Say what you will but this Maggie - probably would probably win an election today.

Jim Morrison, perhaps not immediately a sexy painting. But would allow for a a full and frank discussion regarding the exploits of a rock and rock sex icon. Sometimes you don’t need to see stuff to discuss it! Some of his exploits have of course become rather legendary or mundane depending on your perspective, but a quick google search will show that Jim Morrison certainly knew how to party.

The next images are by Openmindz 360. This museum and instutionally collected artist has been using his unique perspective and sublime skills to capture what we call popular consciousness. I’m frequently surprised by how incredibly visceral his work is, and how easily he flits from one side of taboo to another effortlessly. He’s captures the boundaries of human appetites and forces a deep reflection. What I like about the artwork is that you can be sure it will take on different signifacance over the next fews years. In Openmindz 360 we have artist who provides questions, answers, opinion and curiosity.

My final thought, is to the man who made the quote that kicked off this whole idea: Gustav Klimpt. "All art is erotic" is quite a statement, and though are plenty of examples of eroticism free artwork, it hard to argue that this is a primary subject for artists to explore. After all some of the very earliest art is devouted if not to eroticsim - certainly to fertility.


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Fabrizio Harper, Co-Founder, Rato Society

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