Madonna’s iconic photobook, Sex, debuted to a chorus of controversy in 1992. Erotic, sexy, and tantalising – the echoes of its provocative pages are still felt to this day. Lensed by none other than Steven Miesel, fashion’s kingpin, the book is a bold reclamation of sexuality in the face of society’s domineering purity culture. In its pages, salacious photographs are coupled with Madonna’s written text. Thus, a seminal artefact of style and culture was born.
In light of its 30th anniversary, Madonna and curator Anthony Vaccarello join forces to bring a fresh spin to Sex. Accompanying the book’s re-edition with an exhibition held at the Saint Laurent beachfront gallery, Sex’s pages are brought to life across its walls – re-imagining its cultural impact for a whole new generation.
Sex’s re-issue is being handled by the New York publishing house, Callaway, in an exclusive release of only 800 copies. For a lucky few, an auction will also be held for a limited number of copies signed by Madonna herself – with the proceeds going to the artist’s Raising Malawi charity. That said, there’ll be more limited edition pieces up for grabs – such as tote bags and t-shirts sold at the exhibition space.
From November 29th to December 4th, the doors of Saint Laurent’s beachfront gallery are open to anyone over the age of 18, for free! Guests are invited to take in the hotly-anticipated exhibition anywhere from 10am to 7pm; it’ll be nothing short of an experience.
For information on Sex’s 30th anniversary exhibition, head here…