Sunday, November 11, 2012

Chus Martinez on Frotteurism

Special Guest Blogger: Chus Martinez

On Frotteurism
Frotteurism is an avant garde artistic movement whose works consist of rubbings, usually brass or stone rubbings, but others may involve the artist’s pelvis or chest. These artistic works are exhibited to non-consenting viewers for gratification of the artist’s ego. An artist who practices frotteurism is known as a frotteur, although they have also been referred to as a poseur. The majority of frotteurs are male. The majority of victims are art snobs, although other victims include unsuspecting tourists, unwilling friends (of the artist), casual passersby and art students. This activity is often done in circumstances where the victim cannot easily respond or leave. For instance, Frotteurist shows often occur in public places, such as crowded art galleries or concert halls, although some have been known to occur in parks, train stations or windows overlooking busy streets.

Thanks Chus for this bit of art history. Who is Chus Martinez? Click to learn more.

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