Monday, August 17, 2015

sexpapers PS1 Preview ~ Newsstand Smut 1970s-1980s

Upcoming next month, the Printed Matter Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City. The tenth annual, not to be missed art and artist's book event, September 18, 19 and 20th. Details here

The Vasta stand continues its presence in one of the main exhibition spaces, featuring silk screened limited edition artist's books, vintage o/p books, periodicals and ephemera, 1960s to the present in our areas of specialty: the body, the nude and the erotic. Along side the vintage material will be a large selection of the latest European silk screened, limited edition artist's books, published by re:Surgo! in Berlin and Le Dernier Cri in Marseilles. More here.


Our centerpiece exhibition will be sexpapers Newsstand Smut 1970s~1980s. A presentation of erotic publications featuring provocatively illustrated covers, exceptional typography and graphic design. The exhibition, as well as the offering of vintage magazines and newspapers available for purchase, includes: Love, Eat, Sex, Hate, Suck, Club Orgy, Screw, OOH!, Fun, Finger, Love Lights, San Francisco Ball and numerous other American and international publications. Prices on request. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Artist's Books Ltd Ed: CBO + Le Dernier Cri + BonGout

Previewed here is a selection of rarely seen, out-of-print, limited edition silk screened books published by BonGout (aka re:Surgo!), Le Dernier Cri and Editions CBO. These books, along with other recent arrivals, will be displayed at my stand and available for purchase at the PS1 New York Art Book Fair in September. Above: Coco Bel L'Oeil #3 Editions CBO 1994  $250.00
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POOOOO  Mark Beyer Editions  CBO 1996  $300.00

 Skull Skool  Antoine Bernhart  BonGout 2005  $150.00

 Torture Garden  Miss Candy  BonGout 1999  $85.00

 Je Veux Etre Ton Singe  Anne Van Der Linden  BonGout  2001  $75.00

Metal War A Cyberpunk Story  Le Dernier Cri 1998  $85.00

 Spellbound  Antoine Bernhart  BonGout 2003  $250.00

The Candidates  Le Dernier Cri 2012  $65.00

666 Frederic Jesus Borthel BonGout 2000  $50.00

Sunday, August 16, 2015

FADS & FANCIES Utopia Press England 1950s

Some of the most illusive publications of the 1950s were published in England by the Utopia Press. An extensive series of titles, drawing from the American, pin-upy covered pulps of the 1930s, included Studio Frolics, Ritzy Stories, Footlight Follies, Cowgirl Capers and Outdoor Antics. The contents were also similar, each title filled with "sexy saucy" stories of seduction. Simultaneously a sister publication Fads & Fancies which can properly be described as a fetish fashion magazine, presented "written by readers" letters and short fiction all related to obsessions with lingerie and high heel clad corpulent women in big hats and very tight clothing!

The common thread through all the Utopia titles are the incredible illustrations, both the text and full-page artwork and the color covers, signed by Janine. One of the particular areas of interest to the creators of Fads & Fancies were what we would call today, bbw (big beautiful women) posed provocatively with bulging curves brought on extremely tight, undersized lingerie; typically corsets, girdles, garter belts and brassieres. Here's a selection from my archives. More details from an earlier post.

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FEMALE IMPERSONATORS Madame Arthur Paris 1960s

The drag clubs in Paris,  Madame Arthur's and it's sister club La Carrousel, were ground breaking venues in Europe, presenting nightly shows of sophisticated female impersonators in a cabaret environment. Fifty-plus tears ago, and mostly forgotten in today's digital world, filled with news of the long overdue acceptance of gay and transgender men and women, this program, circa early 1960s, is a window into what "trans performers" of the era looked like. 

Among the regular performers at the club and featured in the program are Coccinelle (the first male to female sex change in France), Bambi, Zambella, Lola Chanel, Cooky & Caline and Capucine. Note the back cover advertising for La Carrousel.

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