Thursday, February 9, 2012

Joel-Peter Witkin - Extremely Taboo Art

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Joel Peter Witkin is one of the most fascinating contemporary artists. His works are not only controversial but also extremely powerful and distinct. If you’ve seen one his works you will remember it for life. 

Although most of his portrayals are taboo, depicting either sexual, strange scenes or outsiders such as dwarfs, hermaphrodites and physically deformed people, they struck us with a grasp of the harsh reality concerning human darkness and grotesque. He sees beauty where others don’t and manages to capture seemingly random moments, but at a second look we can realize how everything makes sense. Joel-Peter Witkin is inspired by the technique used for  Daguerreotypes and by  E. J. Bellocq. Words are absolutely useless in this case, I don’t have the talent to describe or praise his work so I invite you to see it with your own eyes. 







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3 comments:

  1. Interesting... Contemporary art has to be somehow shocking, in order to get attention!

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  2. Ha ha, yes. Perhaps we live in a world so extreme that we need something truly shocking to catch our attention.

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  3. oh I was shocked with his art sis Andreea..but it is his way of expressing his self so I do respect that..I miss your post..passing by ;)

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