Courtesy of Henry Boxer Gallery, England.
Marilena Pelosi, “Untitled,” 2010.
Courtesy Galerie Gugging, Austria
Johann Garber, “A Sexi-Paper,” 2016.
Courtesy of Ricco Maresca, New York
Edwin Lawson, “Untitled (Fashions),” c.1970s.
Not all erotica is sexy, even at New York’s Museum of Sex, which is known for its expansive latex collections. Opening this week, the same day as the Outsider Art Fair, “Known/Unknown: Private Obsession and Hidden Desire in Outsider Art,” features outsider artists’ takes on erotica, ranging from louche to tasteful, though all definitely delightfully bizarre. From lush drawings made from a psychiatric clinic-turned-gallery in Austria to a very graphic late 19th-century cane, take a look inside.
Courtesy of John and Barbara Wilkerson
Unidentified Maker, New England, “Erotic Cane,” late nineteenth or early twentieth century.