CULTURE & ARTS

Radical 1970s, Erotic Artworks From Lebanese Artist Huguette Caland

Purple breasts, orange thighs, green mountains, pink butts -- these are the amorphous subjects of artist Huguette Caland. The Lebanese artist, the daughter of the nation's founding president, has seduced the world at large with her modernist renderings of tangled bodies as soft landscapes without beginning or end. The artist's pastel erotica is now on view at New York's Lombard Freid, part of "Huguette Caland, Early Works: 1970-85."

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Bribes de Corps, 1973 oil on linen 19 x 13.75 inches 48.3 x 34.9 cm

Caland made art in Beirut, which, at the time, was characterized by its cosmopolitan energy, buzzing with artists, intellectuals and revolutionaries. The works on view at Lombard Freid materialized during this period of cultural vitality -- their risqué nature especially astounding given her father's position. Caland aligned sexuality, nature and identity in her muffled, minimalist works, creating enigmatic maps of lands and bodies merged in one.

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Tete-a-tete, 1970 oil on canvas 47 x 47 inches 119.4 x 119.4 cm

Like Georgia O'Keeffe, Caland explores the sublimity of the landscape and the organic nature of the body in one fell swoop. Like Judy Chicago, she inserts a feminine perspective into a modernist conversation of color, shape and form. Like Louise Bourgeois, she inserts a playful wink into her suggestive imagery. And like Dorothy Iannone she turns genitalia into the stuff of fine art. Though she's widely under-acknowledged, Caland stands with the best of them when it comes to the early artistic revolutionaries of female sexuality.

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Miroir, 1974 thread on fabric 73 x 19 x 12 inches 185.5 x 48 x 30.5 cm

Also on view are Caland's caftans, coats made from 1970-1975, that the artist both designed with Pierre Cardin and also wore. The avant-garde outerwear combine subtle design with flagrant innuendos -- think Yoko Ono's Opening Ceremony line turned up to 11. The surreal ensembles show the artist's ability to combine blatant eroticism and a bawdy sense of humor, without apology.

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Untitled, 1985 colored pencil on paper 20 x 27.5 inches 50.8 x 69.9 cm

"There was a moment where my mother just removed herself from the world around her and started working all day, every day," Caland's daughter Brigitte explained to The National. "She hasn’t stopped since." See the early years where it all began at Lombard Freid before December 20, 2014. Get a preview of the exhibition below.

  • Bribes de Corps, 1973
oil on linen
18 x 15 inches
45.7 x 38.1 cm
    Bribes de Corps, 1973 oil on linen 18 x 15 inches 45.7 x 38.1 cm
  • Red II, 1974
acrylic on linen
31.1 x 31.5 inches
79 x 80 cm
    Red II, 1974 acrylic on linen 31.1 x 31.5 inches 79 x 80 cm
  • Drawing I, 1978
color pencil on paper
15 x 18.5 inches
38.1 x 47 cm
    Drawing I, 1978 color pencil on paper 15 x 18.5 inches 38.1 x 47 cm
  • Bribes de Corps, 1973
Oil on linen
45.5 x 47.25 inches
115.6 x 120 cm
    Bribes de Corps, 1973 Oil on linen 45.5 x 47.25 inches 115.6 x 120 cm
  • Bribes de Corps, 1973
oil on linen
19 x 13.75 inches
48.3 x 34.9 cm
    Bribes de Corps, 1973 oil on linen 19 x 13.75 inches 48.3 x 34.9 cm
  • Exit, 1970
Oil on linen
47 x 47 inches
119.4 x 119.4 cm
    Exit, 1970 Oil on linen 47 x 47 inches 119.4 x 119.4 cm
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  • Self Portrait (Bribes de Corps),
1973
oil on linen
35.25 x 27.5 inches
89.5 x 69.9 cm
    Self Portrait (Bribes de Corps), 1973 oil on linen 35.25 x 27.5 inches 89.5 x 69.9 cm
  • Untitled, 1985
color pencil on paper
15.5 x 12 inches
39.4 x 30.5 cm
    Untitled, 1985 color pencil on paper 15.5 x 12 inches 39.4 x 30.5 cm
  • Tendresse, 1975
thread on fabric
73 x 19 x 12 inches
185.5 x 48 x 30.5 cm
    Tendresse, 1975 thread on fabric 73 x 19 x 12 inches 185.5 x 48 x 30.5 cm
  • Untitled, 1985
colored pencil on paper
20.08 x 27.56 inches
51 x 70 cm
    Untitled, 1985 colored pencil on paper 20.08 x 27.56 inches 51 x 70 cm
  • Tête-a-tête , 1971
thread on fabric
73 x 19 x 12 inches
185.5 x 48 x 30.5 cm
    Tête-a-tête , 1971 thread on fabric 73 x 19 x 12 inches 185.5 x 48 x 30.5 cm
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