Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Vasta Editions: Doc Seek & Mr Hide PS1 Sept'16 Launch

Vasta Editions announces the publication of Doctor Seek And Mister Hide the second book featuring the work of Mirka Lugosi and Gilles Berquet. Published in a limited edition of 223 copies: 200 copies in the standard edition + 23 copies in the deluxe edition. Each book is signed and numbered by the artists. Design and production by Gilles Berquet. The official launch will be at Printed Matter's New York Art Book Fair, Sept 15~18th at MoMA PS1.

Pre-orders accepted via this blog

Above, the cover, and below, the book housed inside its limited edition black box with silver embossed cover.  

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Beautifully printed in Italy on medium weight, lightly textured paper, measuring 9.25 x 13" with 32 pages including six fold-outs. The edition is comprised of 223 copies: 200 in the regular edition + 23 copies in the deluxe edition. Each book is signed and numbered.

The standard edition: $50.00, the deluxe edition: $1,350.00, prices do not include shipping and packaging. The deluxe edition includes an original piece of art, one of the 23 collaborative images used in the book, housed along with a copy of book in a beautiful black box with the title and design engraved in silver on the box cover. Official launch date is September 15 at the MoMA PS1 Art Book Fair. I am accepting pre-orders via this blog. 



Creating Doctor Seek And Mister Hide, their second book for Vasta Editions, Mirka Lugosi and Gilles Berquet found inspiration in twentieth century art history, from surrealism to abstraction.

The book's terrestrial origins are based in Gilles' photographs of the nude female figure. His prints, on high quality matte paper, become the ground beneath Mirka's celestial imaginings. With pencil and gouache, her beautiful compositions interact with the figures and space in his images in surprising ways, from playfully colorful to mysteriously dark.

Viewed individually, their artwork is sublime, filled with erotic sensibilities. When brought together their combined visions enhance as well as contradict each other, reflecting the multiple personalities of an inseparable couple. The results, as dark as they are luminous, seduce us with delicacy as much as they frighten us with cruelty.
Their alter egos, hidden in the pages and fold-outs, anticipate the viewer's discovery: the redhead with venous necklace, a Nereid looking out at a foreign sea, decorated voluptuaries offering refreshment or themselves, a book lover bathed in red light

Where is your favorite image hiding?
- Joseph Vasta

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

SPANKING PEN PALS Fetish S/M Magazines '50s/60s

In the '50s, at the beginning of the era of digest sized, independently published fetish magazines, there was a particular interest in female domination, spanking and corporal punishment. Following in the shadows of John Willie's Bizarre magazine founded in 1946 in Canada, some of the earliest adherents were, what can be best described as fetish-zines. Diy "cellar jobs" produced with the aid of simple printing techniques and a stapler. 

My favorite of the genre: Spanking Pen Pals, ran for only a hand full of issues and like all of the titles posted here, is quite rare. Here, in no particular order, are some covers from deep in my archives including, an early version of Corporal, Conqueress Club Magazine a comic book-like, fem/dom s&m title; a few Satellite Publications titles: Bondage Promanade, Spanking Sisters and Miss Flagella In Bondage (published "off-shore" in Jersey City due to censorship restrictions brought on by the Irving Klaw prosecution in New York City) plus a miscellany of other rarely seen, one-shot titles: Captive Wolf, Unmanned and Captive Stud.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

EURO Trip Collectible Fairs May June '16

After weeks of a big listing push of a recently acquired collection into my eBay store it's time to head back to Europe for a string of collectible fairs bridging two weekends. Email me if you'll be at any of the shows and we can get together for coffee, lunch, cocktails. First stop, Paris for the 67e Cartexpo postcard fair at the Espace Champerret, details here.

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... then to Verona in northern Italy for the 126th Veronafil the venerable and 
overwhelming stamp, coin and postcard show May 27, 28, 29th ... 

... and then back to Paris for a full weekend of books, old paper and  
vintage photographs with two outdoor fairs, the  
San Sulpice Book Fair June 2th to 6th ...

... and the 53rd Bievre International Photo Fair June 5 and 6th just outside Paris

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

OSTRA Derrieres Lingerie Fetish Paris 1920s~'30s

"C" is for chatte! The Ostra Studio in Paris was the culmination of immigrant brothers from Hungary joining forces to create the largest body of work devoted to "fetish tableaux" in the '20s and '30s. Their particular interest in derrieres, fetish clothing, bondage and s/m fantasies has left a significant and in many ways, unsurpassed legacy, whose influence can be seen today in the worlds of photography and fashion. Store listing include postcard and medium format photographs as well as stereographic images. Click here for all the Ostra Studio items in my eBay store. Click image to see listing details for each photograph.