Here’s to the Beauty of Men

Jean-Baptiste Huong

photo: Jean-Baptiste Huong

For the longest time showing the beauty of the human body was a bit of a taboo in art and artistic photography. What was completely natural for the old masters is now deemed to be too commercial to count as art. Art should not be appealing, let alone be beautiful. This is something for advertising, or in the case of the human physique: erotica.

It’s a shame really, because the human body is as good of an object for art as any, and not just as something abstract or for the sake documentary. I’m glad that the art world seems to slowly but steadily overcome this prejudice. More artists experiment with nudity, sex, even pornography. Even galleries are picking up on this. Now more than ever artists who dedicate themselves to the beauty of the human body are no longer just considered photographers, but actual artists. I think this development is very positive and we should embrace this positivity.

This weekend in particular seems to celebrate the beauty of the male body as there are not one but THREE different exhibitions with over 10 participating artists opening in Berlin. We took a closer look at a selection of the artists and how each of them celebrated the beauty of men.

The following artists are 5 of 9 that will show their work at the exhibition Instinct at The Village opening this Friday:

Manuel Moncayo

There is a very particular sensuality in the photos of Manuel Moncayo. By exposing his male subjects to the pureness of nature he strips down every mask, disguise, or facade that men built around them to demonstrate strength. What remains is a different kind of strength – natural beauty. We also recommend his beautiful new photo book.

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Jean-Baptiste Huong

The interplay of subject and surrounding is key to the photographs of Jean-Baptiste Huong. His portraits of men are influenced by cinematography, every photo suggests that this is just a snapshot of a whole story.

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Felix d’Eon

In his vintage style paintings Felix d’Eon he proposes a male image that on the one hand fulfills the cliche of masculinity of the old times, but also projects the fluidity of gender roles of our time onto them. He creates a male pictures that combines both the traditional manliness with female sensuality and seductive submission.

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Antonio da Silva

Antonio da Silva‘s video works and animated GIFs is testing the boundries between film art and pornography. He gives us a candid look into the sexual mind of men by objectifying their lust and pleasure.

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Neil Gilks

Neil Gilks recreation of the male body is purely focused on form, enjoying both the subtleties and complexity of line, fabrication and movement. His minimalistic portraits of men paint a picture of strength and confidence.

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The following artist is exhibiting his photographs in a double show Fallos with sculptor Arthur Gillet at Dencker+Schneider this Saturday.

Marc Martin

Photographer Marc Martin focuses on manliness, with its apparent triviality and nonchalance, giving rise to a sensual force that oscillates between poetry and pornography. His latest book Fallos is available at Berlin book shop Prinz Eisenherz.

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Georg Meyer-Wiel

The beauty and uniqueness that you see in someone in a brief encounter has the power to give you a deeper look into them as if you would know them more. Georg Meyer-Wiel tries to capture this moment with his abstract paintings of men. His portraits are also available as an art book.

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Instinct – Edition I with Antonio da Silva, Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert, Manuel Moncayo, Jean-Baptiste Huong, Felix d’Eon, Neil Gilks, Matteo Greco, Florian Hetz, Christos Kapralos

Opening: Friday, March 25, 2016 – 21h. Exhibition until March 28, 2016

The Village, Kurfürstenstraße 31, 10785 Berlin-Schöneberg

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Fallos with Marc Martin, Arthur Gillet

Opening: Saturday, March 26, 2016 – 18h. Exhibition until May 5, 2016

Dencker+Schneider Art Gallery, Kalckreuthstrasse 14, 10777 Berlin-Schöneberg

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The Life Studies by Georg Meyer-Wiel

Opening: Friday, March 25, 2016 – 18h.

The Ballery, Nollendorfstrasse 11, 10777 Berlin

Frank by Frank
on March 23rd, 2016
updated on March 23rd, 2016
in Art, Books
2 Comments »

2 Responses to “Here’s to the Beauty of Men”

  1. Sonny Says:

    Not to mention, it’s also Snax this weekend!

  2. danijelj.w Says:

    Thank you for introducing these artists to us in this article. It was a great

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