Introducing Histoiredeloeil

Introducing Histoiredeloeil from that blog Histoiredeloeil[1] is a Francophone culture blog which takes its name from French erotomaniac Georges Bataille‘s novel Histoire de l’oeil . As of June 2009 it was connected to A La Piscine, Absinthe, Africa & Omega, Alainfinkielkrautrock, Alex Gross, Andrei Tarkovsky, Anthrolology, Antonin Artaud, Arthur Ignatowski, Arthur Schopenhauer, Asian Drillpop, Au […]

André Pieyre de Mandiargues @100

Yesterday would have been André Pieyre de Mandiargues‘s 100th birthday, had he not died in 1991. Some quick finds: Les Incongruités monumentales, Robert Laffont, 1948. Featuring his story “The Diamond” Prefaced by Mandiargues Arcimboldo le merveilleux, Robert Laffont, 1977. His story La Marée and the 1967 novel La Marge were both made into film by […]

Jahsonic’s canon

Gargantua and Pantagruel illustrated by  Gustave Doré Surreal Documents writes[1]: Genealogically, one can link the Medieval coq-à-l’âne to the Renaissance works of Rabelais, to Paul Scheerbart, Christian Morgenstern, Lewis Carroll, Pétrus Borel, Molière, Quirinus Kuhlmann, the Russian and Italian Futurists, and the Dadaists – and from there to ‘Les Légions Noires‘. … Surprisingly, Jahsonic hasn’t […]

What the Butler Saw in Düsseldorf

The butler visited Diana und Actaeon – Der verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit with a fellow butler and a maid. He was thrilled to see Étant donnés[1] by Marcel Duchamp. And he did not realize it also looked like this[2]. He saw the famous metal doll sculpture[3] by Hans Bellmer and Bad Boy by Eric […]

Icons of erotic art #10

As we have learnt from the first nine issues in this series, in the nebulous realm of erotic art, uneroticism runs rampant. Not with the photos I am about to present. NSFW, previously unpublished online, here is Unica Zürn photographed by Hans Bellmer [1]. Previous entries in Icons of Erotic Art here, and in a […]

Esotika’s exotica

Mike from Esotika introduces himself I’m currently an undergraduate student in the process of getting my BFA in Photography at Northern Illinois University. … I’m 21 years old and only have a few semesters left before I’ll be applying to graduate schools. Francophile as far writing is concerned Writers: Alain Robbe-Grillet, Robert Pinget, Marguerite Duras, […]

Seduced at the Barbican

Fresco, 1st century AD, at the Villa dei Vetii, Pompeii Not on show at the Barbican Yesterday, “Seduced, Art and Sex from Antiquity to Now” opened at the Barbican Centre. Curated by Martin Kemp it features usual suspects Araki, Bacon, Bellmer, Boucher, Carracci, Fragonard, Goldin, Klimt, Koons, Mapplethorpe, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rodin, Schiele, Turner and Warhol. […]

Batailleana #1 and 2

Ma Mère by Bataille, cover by publisher 10 | 18 #1) 10/18 is a publisher in France (with a sub collection named domaine français). Their series of Georges Bataille novels are illustrated by Hans Bellmer. One of the nicer book illustrations around. I like the overall feel of the design. Can someone tell me more […]