Sex Objects to Fetish Girls
July 29, 2011 — September 17, 2011
PRISM is pleased to present "Sex Objects to Fetish Girls", a selection of photographs by Eric Kroll.
"Sex Objects to Fetish Girls" arranges a selection of work from two of Kroll’s famous publications. Published in 1977 with a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts, "Sex Objects" documents his travels across America photographing and interviewing the women who worked in massage parlors, strip clubs and sex joints. The photographs sparked controversy because of the stark reality depicted and because of the public art grant that funded the project. The book was a critical success and opened a sensitively documented window into a subset of taboo American culture.
In 1994 Kroll’s second book, Fetish Girls, was published by TASCHEN and has sold over 145,000 copies. The photos are playful and surreal images that explore a multitude of sexual fantasies. Drawing from his artistic influences of Man Ray, Eric Stanton, and Irving Klaw, Fetish Girls depicts the absurd, kinky, humorous and whimsical.
Recognized as one of the most acclaimed and controversial photographers working today, Kroll graduated from the University of Colorado in cultural anthropology in 1969. He has worked as a photojournalist for the New York Times, Vogue, and Der Spiegel as well as the photo book editor at TASCHEN. Photographing women for the last forty years, his work has been shown at LEADAPRON, Los Angeles, at Anna Kustera Gallery, New York City in June 2008 and in November 2003 at Shooting Gallery, San Francisco. There have been five books of Kroll’s photographs published, including Sex Objects, Addison House, 1977, Fetish Girls, TASCHEN, 1994 and Beauty Parade, TASCHEN, 1997. Kroll has edited numerous books including The Art of Eric Stanton, TASCHEN, 1997 and The Wonderful World of Bill Ward, TASCHEN, 2007. In February 2010 Kroll curated the exhibition Warhol: Dylan to Duchamp and edited the book that accompanied the exhibition at Eric Firestone Gallery, Tucson.