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David Bowie with his 1976 painting of Iggy Pop, Portrait of J.O. 
Jacques Lacan reminds us, that in sex, each individual is to a large extent on their own, if I can put it that way. Naturally, the other’s body has to be mediated, but at the end of the day, the pleasure will be always your pleasure. Sex separates, doesn’t unite. The fact you are naked and pressing against the other is an image, an imaginary representation. What is real is that pleasure takes you a long way away, very far from the other. What is real is narcis­sistic, what binds is imaginary. So there is no such thing as a sexual relationship, concludes Lacan. His proposition shocked people since at the time everybody was talking about nothing else but “sexual relationships”. If there is no sexual relationship in sexuality, love is what fills the absence of a sexual relationship.

Lacan doesn’t say that love is a disguise for sexual relationships; he says that sexual relationships don’t exist, that love is what comes to replace that non-relationship. That’s much more interesting. This idea leads him to say that in love the other tries to approach “the being of the other”. In love the individual goes beyond himself, beyond the narcissistic. In sex, you are really in a relationship with yourself via the mediation of the other. The other helps you to discover the reality of pleasure. In love, on the contrary the mediation of the other is enough in itself. Such is the nature of the amorous encounter: you go to take on the other, to make him or her exist with you, as he or she is. It is a much more profound conception of love than the entirely banal view that love is no more than an imaginary canvas painted over the reality of sex.

Alain Badiou, In Praise of Love

(Source: lysenkoist, via enflurane)

Christy Turlington by Ellen von Unwerth for Vogue Italia February 1990.

Anais Pouliot by Michael Hauptman for Oyster #104

(Source: virare)

still from rashomon, 1950 film directed by akira kurosawa
by Glen Luchford 1994

Hellenistic Floor Mosaic
Dionysus (Bacchus) Riding A Panther 
ca 2nd-1st c. BC.
House of Masks, Delos

Today’s art history class was solely centered on the nudes and realism in Courbet’s work

Portrait of Jemima Kirke at The MOMA for Marina Abramović: The Artist Is Present, 2010.