How to Choose Provocative Art—Tastefully
Tappan Collective is an online platform that introduces emerging visual artists to both new and seasoned collectors. As a source of education and discovery, it shares insights on collecting art and the latest trends for art lovers. Here, Tappan gives MyDomaine readers tips for how to choose provocative art for your home.
The nude is an iconic symbol in art. The reason for its use as a repeated motif varies by artist, but specific aspects of the nude make it an enduring subject. The dynamic play of shape, color, and curvature remains enduringly fresh. It’s no wonder that today’s artists continue to consider the body in their work, finding contemporary ways of portraying its beauty while keeping the content elevated. Whether it’s a photograph or painting, there are a few tips you should keep in mind when choosing art with what some might consider a provocative edge. Keep reading to discover six ways to integrate nude artworks into your home with grace.
"Mood Indigo" by Marc Gabor ($140)
Photographs with peaceful compositions like the still water and pensive subject matter in this piece add a serene atmosphere to the room while serving as an interesting and emotive focal point. This tasteful photograph by Marc Gabor is the perfect complement to any space, especially one where reflection takes place, like a bedroom. The black-and-white color scheme makes the photograph a neutral (and versatile) addition to the home.
Playfulness and sexiness can easily go hand in hand. Try adding an abstract, colorful piece to a space like this painting of a woman by Alice Lancaster. There’s something fun and mysterious about smooth lines that are full of motion that will keep you and your guests guessing. Artwork like this can be hung anywhere in the home—even a more public space like the living room, despite the subject matter, because the body is painted in an abstract way.
Not every provocative piece is easy to detect, and it just might be that very subtext that makes it, dare we say it, sexy. This beautiful piece by artist Cheryl Humphreys is compelling enough on its own as a commentary on the digital age. It features a text conversation with the words removed on embossed paper. If you dig a little deeper, you might realize that the subject matter is anything but pedestrian. If it's a piece that has a provocative element that only you know about, feel free to hide it in broad daylight.
Something about the heat, sun, water, and freedom of summer is always sexy. Even in colder climes, it’s important to keep things around that trigger those summer memories of youth and reckless abandon. This Dafy Hagai piece does just that. It’s not an overtly sexy image, but the feelings and recollections of summers past it conjure definitely can be.
Movement and color. Pay very close attention to those two elements when choosing a subtle work for a room. With something as clean and intriguing as this Lani Trock photography, you’ll be able to change the way guests read a room. The color here and the positioning of the subject matter emit a natural sexiness and connection to the earth that’s hard to miss.
Conversational pieces don’t always have to be put on a pedestal. They can be beautiful, playful, hilarious, and sexy, all at the same time. This Lola Rose Thompson watercolor is the perfect addition to any space in your home, public or private. When choosing work that echoes reality, don’t be afraid to move beyond the photography genre as a variety of media that can capture the real and relatable nature of the body and motion. Subtlety is key, but adding a wink and a nod never hurt.
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