Bruno Brunnet & Nicole Hackert (Eds.)
Recently, Danish artist Tal R (b. 1967) amassed a photo archive of thousands of sex shop facades. Between 2014 and 2017, he produced around 150 drawings derived from his massive collection, and a selection was exhibited at CFA Berlin (2017). Complementing the exhibition is this accompanying publication featuring fifty of his color drawings. The presentation is similar to an artist sketchbook, which fits the subject matter perfectly. In the drawings, Tal R gives the viewer clues about the locations and the type of sex shop being rendered through his inclusion of the building signage, which are in English, Italian, German, and Dutch. The storefronts alternate between exuberant and sparse, and colorful and inconspicuous. Occasionally, women’s bodies appear in the compositions; others are decorated with floral motifs or heart patterns. The drawings are simple but deeply engaging.
Softcover / 9 x 12 ½ in. / 64 pp / 50 color
Retail Price: $39.95
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