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Jewels [Hardcover]

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18 Nov 2010
Bruno Gmunder proudly presnents a collection readers will never have seen before- one that will definitely widen their horizons! There are as many different dongs in the world as there are men - and not one cock like another. Photographers, painters and comic artists present their special views on the one topic that no man on Earth can avoid.

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  • Hardcover: 260 pages
  • Publisher: BRUNO GMUNDER VERLAG (18 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3867871515
  • ISBN-13: 978-3867871518
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 728,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not one to read in front of your Gran. 17 Dec 2010
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On my first page-through this book, I was immediately struck by the sense of humour that features in several of the sketches/cartoons and paintings. This book tries (and I think, succeeds) in bringing something a little different to what is already a subject done to death. There are only so many ways you can photograph, paint, or draw a penis, but Jewels certainly manages to include an enormous amount of variety.
The penis manages in the space of this volume, to look proud,strong,even dangerous. Yet in other images,vulnerable.It is shown straining to break free of a pair of jeans,or (in cartoon form, from a pair of garish beach trunks).It is shown standing proudly erect,or lying flat against a belly. It is depicted in quickly executed watercolour,with minimal detail, or sketched in subtle chalk or charcoal. Some of the extreme close-ups here,were in my personal opinion, unpleasant to look at. I far rather preferred the photograph of the gorgeous blue-eyed young man in the shower, full frontal(by photographer Dick Mitchell), to the close-up of the uncircumcised specimen in extreme detail by artist Victor Gadino. That is the appeal of Jewels, you will have your favourites. An interesting aspect: I found myself playing a game of "Can you tell what it is yet ?" ,as I tried to work out what I was looking at in some of the more outlandish artistic creations. Hardly a game suitable for all the family (there are images of ejaculation and urination), but see for yourself. A rough guess here, I would say that about half of the images are photographs, the rest painted or drawn. The book ends with a registry of the contributing photographers and artists, as well as their website addresses. An interesting book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of what you like. Adorable indeed. 23 Nov 2010
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This is a book full of sexy photos and artwork of what gay men love best. So,what's not to like? Nothing since the pictures are a mixture of the arty, the suggestive and the graphic. Inevitably, some will appeal more than others. But the subtitle of the book ('Adoration of the Penis')says it all. If in principle you do (adore that is), in practice you will with this book. If you can't have the real thing, and even if you can, don't go to bed without it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Family of Jewels, or, A Family of Jewels! 3 Jan 2011
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Jokes have been made about 'the family jewels' for centuries, long before feminists drew focus to the personal possessions of feminine charms. And the phrase sticks, so here is a book celebrating those infamous jewels in a compendium of images that range from sophisticated photographic classics to quick shots to comic drawings to subtle paintings, erotic, humorous, decadent, and monumental - and every permutation of that adjective! Ten years ago this book would have appealed to a different audience than it does today. Curious women who have a proclivity to shopping, men who feel the need to compare with the broader spectrum of their birthright, youths who wonder about adult changes, and men who simply appreciate the flagship of masculinity - all will find this survey of art and photography focused on male attributes an informing as well as entertaining read.

The artists represented in this festival are both very well known (GAZ, Tom Bianchi, Kingdom 19, Victor Gadino, Steve Walker, Giovanni, Peter Arnold, etc etc) and up and coming (!) such as Ismael Alvarez, Guillem Medina, Mark Lynch, Dylan Ricci and the fascinating artist William Donavan. The views of the jewels extend from the extreme closeups to the full portrait of the owner. Some of the images are a bit self indulgent but others are art of the finest quality. Some abstract the target, as in the very beautiful ceramic bowl and vase decors by Hinrich Kröger, and some decorate the figure with rich beads as in the works by Adrian Alicea. The spectrum is enormous. The reproductions are of high quality and the book is both sensual and entertaining. Another fine art book from Bruno Gmünder Verlag! Grady Harp, January 11
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is Art, Not Porn 12 Jan 2012
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From the dawn of civilisation, humankind has been fascinated by the Phallus. Cave paintings, ithyphallic statues, amulets, the art and custom of ancient Greece, Priapic gods and satyrs. In ancient Rome the Phallus was a commonly used symbol, adorning doorways, jewellery and common household objects. It was crafted as a talisman in the same way that the Phallus is displayed and venerated to this very day in Japan, Bhutan and other parts of Asia. It is still possible to take part in ceremonies that worship the Phallus, attend shrines, admire Phallus decorated architecture both ancient and modern and even visit the seaside theme park if you happen by South Korea. And Vivienne Westwood has recently resurrected the Phallus as a decorative motif on her iconic jewellery. There seems to be a definite rediscovery of interest in all things to do with the penis!

It is against this backdrop that the excellent publisher, Bruno Gmunder, offers us his wonderful book, the full title of which is "Jewels - Adoration of the Penis"

Jewels is an homage. Within the high quality hard backed volume you will find the work of seventy artists, all of whom celebrate the subject in a slightly different way. Most pieces are solos, and you'll get to see the subject displayed in all its natural states! There is a scattering of images involving two or more males, but none are what I'd personally classify as shocking.

If art is created with passion and a desire to transmit a message or an emotion, it invariably has the ability to engage the viewer. This, I feel, is the essence of all great art. The 166 photographs and 57 artworks span a broad range of viewpoints, and in each I found a unique narrative. These are images that transcend the "porn" genre.
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