Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Next Show: NEW YORK ART BOOK FAIR Sept.19~22nd

I am pleased to announce the participation of Vasta Images/Books at the New York Art Book Fair, September 19~22nd at MoMA PS1. Click here for details about the fair.

Click here for a list of the material available for purchase at the fair. 

Vasta Images/Books is an international dealer, based in New York City, specializing in the body, the nude and the erotic arts. Focus for the fair will be books, periodicals, photographs and ephemera, circa 1960s~2000s in our areas of specialty. Additionally featured will be material from the collection of the late John McWhinnie by arrangement with his estate.

Monday, July 29, 2013

EXOTIQUE Magazine Large Format Fetish Photos 1950s

A colleague contacted me a few years ago and spoke of an exceptional stash of fetish magazines and photographs that was unearth in the Bronx. The owner, I was told, was the brother of the deceased and when he arrived at his brother's apartment, which he had not been to in many years, the place was filled with all kinds of old paper including periodicals and photographs published by Irving Klaw and Burmel/Selbee (Exotique magazine). It's not that unusual a story in the trade, but unfortunately for me, this time, I missed the boat for the majority of the material. However, I did get the chance to eventually serve as "undertaker" for the remnants, pitched into boxes on the floor of an overheated warehouse. It was severely pick-over and by this time, what ever was worthwhile, was overpriced.

The reward at the end of the long trip out to Long Island to look at the material was a small box filled with 8" x 10" photographs which almost went unnoticed. Inside was a group of exceptional high quality prints made for Exotique magazine, late 1950s/early 1960s. As presented here it obviously matters little to the viewer the size of the original photographs. The double fold impact of the photographs, and the more important aspect of this post, is the rarity of these images appearing as original photographs in any format.

Great models, severe looks and smiles plus lots of legs, corsets, garters, stockings, shoes and boots. 

At the Los Angeles (Hollywood Hills?) Spider pool

Vickie Kennedy: BUSTY English MODEL Nude Pix 1960s

One of the top models of the late 1950s, through the 1960s was the voluptuous Vickie Kennedy, aka Margaret Nolan. She appeared in hundreds of American, French, English and Scandinavian magazines. No doubt a fan favorite at the time. Today any periodical featuring her profound charms is sought after by collectors. 

She was photographed by two of the great English glamour photogs Russell Gay and Harrison Marks. Her numerous appearances on the cover and inside issues of Paris-Hollywood magazine in the early 1960s are amongst the most memorable, leaving a lasting impression of her amazing silhouette. Here's a group of original, small format photographs of Vickie from deep in the archives.

COLOR Pix: Faye & Friends Nude New York City 1960s

Came across these in the archive, had to post them. The marvelous Faye (above in the middle) posed with two of her lovely friends. Professional color photographs created early 1960s. Believe these were for sale as a "cellophane" in adult bookstores having never seen them in magazines or elsewhere.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Euro PAPERBACK Covers 1930s~1960s Part Two

A second look at the amazing world of paperback and pulp covers published in Europe circa 1930s ~ 1960s. Here's a miscellany featuring femmes fatale, lovers,  and pin-ups. 

Euro PAPERBACK Covers 1930s~1960s Part One

Taking a shot at the amazing world of paperback and pulp covers published in Europe circa 1930s ~ 1960s. Here's a miscellany featuring femmes fatale, lovers,  and pin-ups. Part One.