Leon Ferrari

In an earlier post I was critical of Leon Ferrari, and was feeling as if I might have been too much so. I thought he deserved further research, so have been looking at a couple of catalogs. Although I have to give him credit – some erotic collages look interesting – where his work approaches abstraction, mostly through calligraphy, sadly my negative judgements have to remain. This piece for example loses a lot by the title. The Kama Sutra might be worth something, and I like the tradition of grotesque alphabets, but in the end it’s just too obvious, and too illustrative.

Leon Ferrari, Kama Sutra I  1979

Leon Ferrari, Kama Sutra I 1979

Joseph Balthazar Sivestre, Alphabet Anthropomorphe 1834

Joseph Balthazar Sivestre, Alphabet Anthropomorphe 1834 A quasi erotic sign system.

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