Art

A Treasure Trove of Priceless Pornography

A Treasure Trove of Priceless Pornography

The art world’s initial encounter with the Hungarian-Italian porn star and politician Ilona Staller, better known as Cicciolina, was in her capacity as the muse of Jeff Koons. Koons’s “Made in Heaven” series of sculptures and photographs, which depicted the couple enjoying sexual congress in a variety of

Julia Friedman
Julia Friedman
Art
The Artist and the Censor

The Artist and the Censor

Only proponents of the concept of art for art’s sake always can be depended on to oppose the censorship of art. The most robust argument against censorship lies not in appeals to Enlightenment values, which are subject to time, but in art itself. Those who believe art never requires

Alice Gribbin
Alice Gribbin
Art
Emotional Realism and The Enduring Art of Caravaggio

Emotional Realism and The Enduring Art of Caravaggio

At a small auction house in Madrid there briefly appeared a very dark, very brown painting of Christ being presented to the people before his crucifixion: “ecce homo”, says Pilate—behold the man. A dirty old varnish obscures many of the painting’s finer details; but even so, art dealers

Jacob Willer
Jacob Willer
Art