Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Albert Arthur Allen American Nudes 'teens/'20s

Albert Arthur Allen created a very large body of work devoted to the female figure. He worked in the San Francisco bay area, publishing his Allo Nudes catalogs offering for sale his original photographs appearing first in circa 1917. The images, reminiscent of the later days of the photo-secession, featured lovely, youthful female models posed idyllically outdoors. Posted here are images from deep in my archives.

In the 1920s Allen shifted his focus to studio nudes creating his exceptional, modern style series of portfolios including Premiere Nudes, The Sheik, Exotic Nudes, Sex Appeal and A Night In A Harem. Although some his most memorable images are from his later period, especially the Premiere Nudes montaged images of women posed together, his early work retains a beautiful, simple eroticism that was not seen during an era of chaste and demure photographic nudes. Here are more images by Allen. 

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Saturday, October 31, 2015

New York City Postcard Show November 6th & 7th

My next show is the New York City Postcard Show November 6 and 7th. Details here. A selection of recent arrivals from Europe, prices on request. I hope to see you at the show!
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Radio manufacturer Hamburg ca.1927

Italian regimental propaganda 1940

Ferrania Italian advertising camera film 1930s

Eyeglasses Italian advertising 1934

Italian insecticide advertising 1930s

Movimento Futurista Italian early 1920s

German WWI propaganda 1917


real photo
Austrian nude Charlotte Junod circa 1925

Austrian circa 1925 fashion plate signed  Feldschareck

Austrian dancers late 1920s photos by Sahm (left) and Manasse

Female domination tableaux Ostra Studio Paris 1930 (two of four photos)

Austrian nudes circa 1925

African coiffures late 1930s

German skeleton costume circa 1915

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Paris Paper Show Oct '15

Back to Paris in a few days for the Salon de Vieux Papier (Old Paper Show) at the Espace Champerret. Looking forward to digging through the shelves, boxes and piles of books, magazines and ephemera for "les untrouvables", unfindable treasures. More so than ever, It takes time, patience and a love of the hunt to discover anything worthwhile.

Email me if you're in Paris and we can meet up for coffee or drinks. I'll be there 10.15 to 10.30. Above a marvelous collage, circa 1962 by Jacques Pauvert, can-can dancer, place Blanche, the Moulin Rouge.

Monday, September 21, 2015

VASTA @ New York Art Book Fair '15 MoMA PS1

It was a very special four days for Vasta at the Art Book Fair this past weekend at MoMA PS1! Thanks to everyone who turned out and spent time exploring and purchasing books, 'zines and sexpapers at our stand. Above, in front of the sexpapers exhibition are my crew, Simon Vasta, Audra Wist and me.

Coverage and reviews of the fair and the Vasta stand here at hyperallergic and at Autre
Plus just posted, Vice's review of the fair which gave our stand a ton of love! And at the sangbleu site the latest review.

See you next in Paris for the paper show in October.

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 The sexpapers exhibition

Come visit us at the LA Art Book Fair Feb'16!