Image Universe: Will You Be My Valentine?

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day next week, we’re highlighting a few artworks exploring the ups and downs of love, sex, and relationships.

Damien Hirst, ♡YU 4 EVA (pink), 2015. Polyurethane resin with ink pigment. Courtesy the artist and Paul Stolper Gallery, London. Image via Artsy.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled” (Perfect Lovers), 1991. Wall clocks. Courtesy Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York. Image via The Warehouse, Dallas.

Mickalene Thomas’ Sleep: Deux Femmes Noires, 2013, is currently on view in “Waiting on a Prime-Time Star” at the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in New Orleans.

Bruce Davidson, Brooklyn Gang (Couple Necking in Backseat), 1959. Gelatin silver print. Courtesy the artist and Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Image via Artsy.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Le lit, c. 1892. Oil on cardboard mounted on wood. Collection of the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.

A still from Andrea Fraser’s Untitled, 2003. Courtesy the artist and Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York.

Cover of a book by Mark Morrisroe. Image via Vincent Borelli, Albuquerque.

Patty Chang, (For Abramovic Love Cocteau), 2000. Video. Courtesy the artist.

Nan Goldin, Philippe H. and Suzanne Kissing at Euthanasia, New York City, 1981. Silver dye bleach print. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Image via Tablet.

Carlton Scott Sturgill’s “Glass Houses” is on view through February 11, 2017, at Engine Room Art + Projects (2839 N. Robertson Street) in New Orleans.

A still from Beyoncé’s “Drunk In Love” music video, directed by Hype Williams.

Kerry James Marshall, Untitled (Club Couple), 2014. Acrylic on PVC panel. Courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Les hasards heureux de l’escarpolette, c. 1767. Collection of the Wallace Collection, London.

Jeff Koons, Made in Heaven, 1989. Lithograph on paper on canvas. Courtesy the artist.

An image from Faith Holland’s Ookie Canvases series. Courtesy the artist and TRANSFER, Brooklyn. Image via the artist’s website.

Catherine Opie, Self-Portrait/Cutting, 1993. Chromogenic print. Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York. Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.

A 2009 projection by Jenny Holzer in Siena, Italy. Courtesy the artist and Cheim & Read, New York.

Marina Abramović and Ulay, Rest Piece, 1980. Courtesy the artists.


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