At the heart of Mapplethorpe's photography there is a paradoxical tension between outrageous content and intensely controlled presentation. Mapplethorpe's images are often sufficiently obscene to be considered pornography (even by the artist himself), while his overall aesthetic is chaste, classical,
While critics debate whether or not Lucian Freud inherited the psychoanalytical acuity of grandfather Sigmund, a cursory study of his nudes confirms he most certainly inherited the propensity to invite pretty girls to lay down in front of him.
The German-born Freud emigrated to England and attend
In a quote that encapsulates the premise of Conceptual art, Joseph Kosuth pronounced in 1969: "The 'value' of particular artists after Duchamp can be weighed according to how much they questioned the nature of art." For Kosuth, modern art is essentially self-reflective: its intention is to interrogat