Cavemen melded art and sex. And so did those sybaritic Greeks. Michelangelo continued the trend and, recently, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey’s new film Inside Deep Throat went all cinematic on this seminal mix. But Taschen’s new book Terryworld takes on a whole new synergy, when sex and art hook up with the fashion world in bad-boy photographer Terry Richardson’s new art/sex/couture coffee table book.
Uber taste-maker Richardson makes the tasteless and the trailer park trendy and the tractor hat de rigueur. Like the filmmakers of Inside Deep Throat, Richardson took the 1970’s porn esthetic and made it fashion chic. Equally at home in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Purple, and Vice, Richardson has shot porn stars, supermodels, transsexuals, hillbillies, and celebrities who, like Terry, often took off their clothes and jumped in front of his sensational and scandalous lens.
This 250-page Artists Edition comes in a clear plastic case with four personally selected limited-edition Terryprints and a Terrybear (a fuzzy little bear with Terry Richardson’s face on it). Terryworld is a total ART PICK!
– Phil Tarley
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