Sotheby’s upcoming sale: Erotic: Passion & Desire on 15 February, tells the rich and evocative story of erotic art through time, in a celebration of human sexuality in many forms: sculpture, drawings, paintings, antiquities and photography.
Following on from the success of last year, Sotheby’s has continued to collaborate with luxury lingerie brand Coco de Mer. In 2017, their International Brand Ambassador, Pamela Anderson, added her voice to the panel discussion around eroticism in the digital age.
TALK: “HAS EROTIC INTIMACY – AND EROTICISM IN ART – BECOME HARDER TO ACHIEVE IN THE DIGITAL AGE?”, MODERATED BY ROWAN PELLING. PANELLISTS: PAMELA ANDERSON, COSMO LANDESMAN, AND ROBIN CAWDRON-STEWART, MOD-BRIT SPECIALIST.
This year, Coco de Mer introduces artist and fashion photographer Rankin, who is synonymous with portraiture, fashion and the depiction of popular culture: he is widely held to be one of the most renowned fashion and portrait photographers in the world. He's particularly well known for his work on the human form and three of his evocative portraits will appear in the auctions. These are: And God Created Eva II, 2003, Pin Me Up, 2012 and Stefani Reclining, 2016.
RANKIN, AND GOD CREATED EVA II, 2003. ESTIMATE: £8,000–12,000.
Co-founder of iconic magazine Dazed & Confused — a leading voice in fashion and creativity that developed a cult following — Rankin has for decades been a creative force at the point where art, fashion and politics meet, working on major campaigns for global brands like Nike while seeking to challenge conventional ideas of beauty in his work.
RANKIN, PIN ME UP, 2012. ESTIMATE: £4,000–£6,000.
RANKIN, STEFANI RECLINING, 2016. ESTIMATE: £18,000–25,000.
Sotheby’s will host a discussion with Rankin on Sunday 11 February, In Conversation with Rankin, hosted by Sotheby’s Head of Photographs, Brandei Estes.
In time for London Fashion Week, Rankin has brought together the worlds of art and cultural expression in this short film.