Wim Delvoye – Gothic Works

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La belle et la bête (1946) French Romantic Fantasy Film

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La belle et la bête (1946) By Jean Cocteau

This ravishingly beautiful 4K restoration of Jean Cocteau’s much loved Gothic fantasy Classics: is a sublime adaptation of Mme Leprince de Beaumont’s fairy-tale masterpiece in which the pure love of a beautiful girl melts the heart of a feral but gentle beast is a landmark of motion picture fantasy, with unforgettably romantic performances by Jean Marais and Josette Day. The spectacular visions of enchantment, desire, and death in Beauty and the Beast (La belle et la bête) have become timeless icons of cinematic wonder.
With its enchanted castle featuring fantastic living statuary and Cocteau’s lover Jean Marais starring as a Beast who is at once brutal and gentle, rapacious and vulnerable, shamed and repelled by his own bloodlust.

La Belle et la Bête remains a pinnacle of the cinematic Gothic imagination. As Marina Warner has written, ‘the film unfolds to a perfectly poised slow tempo in surreal settings that gain intensity from the fabulous decor and costumes, the glittering lighting and the many moments of magic effects.

The candle-lit shadow-play deepens the gothic atmosphere of the beast’s castle, harking back to early expressionist classics of the genre.’ This new restoration by SNC/Groupe M6 and the Cinémathèque Française uses the notes and reference prints made by cinematographer Henri Alekan for the 1995 restoration, as well as the diary kept by Cocteau during filming, which has provided valuable evidence of his ambitions for the look and sound of the film.

Dir. Jean Cocteau, René Clément, France, 1947, 93 min, French movie
Cast: Jean Marais, Josette Day, Mila Parély

P.S note that this film is a oniric masterpiece and that the story told in this adaptation has nothing, but nothing in common (apart from the title that should have been changed), with the ignoble “singerie” of the film Walt Disney. It must be said that is in very bad taste.
The version with Vincent Cassel, Léa Seydoux by Christophe Gans is really successful in comparison.

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Delicious Morbid Portraits by Igor Skaletsky

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Delicious Morbid Portraits by Igor Skaletsky

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Igor Skaletsky does have what it takes to be a collage master. Born in 1978 in Russia, this freelance illustrator has travelled in the hot spots of contemporary art, including Israel and Germany, to find his own visual identity. The result of this initiatory trip is a unique technique, combining digital photomontage with acrylic paint and varnish.
Skaletsky’s pleasure is to collide Early Netherlandish painters and Italian Renaissance masters with trendy supermodels and icons of the tattoo culture, such as Zombie Boy. He denudes the characters of famous paintings to reveal their tattooed bodies, flirting with irreverence and even blasphemy.
His creations, dark and cold, are a fascinating combination of laidback lowbrow art and hieratic highbrow masterpieces : the Russian artist has made the choice of the everything or nothing, emulating both David Lachapelle and Hieronymus Bosch in their ironical way of connecting morbid and trash with sacred and luxury.
Fine Art gods and heroes are making an incursion in the world of Haute Couture and swag, while pop culture “it” girls and boys are bringing their bondage accessories and sensuality to the museums. A real modern religious iconography, displaying saints and sinners, écorchés and fashion animals. The kind of universe where art lovers wish to do a pilgrimage.
h/t:beautiful.bizarre and  artnau

Chimerical Sculptures by John Morris

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Chimerical Sculptures by John Morris
The works of John Morris spring from exhaustive sketching and illustration, drawing on intensive research. Subjects include skeletal bone, muscular structure and the imagery of fashion photography. Often, prosthetic limbs and super-accentuated body part proportions tie the pieces together, bringing to mind the surreal imagery of anime and the comic strip depictions of superheroes and heroines. He skilfully uses leather, brass, and stainless steel to provide stark contrasts with the warm texture of the wood.
H/T: Juxtapoz Magazine