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Sex Magic: Ithell Colquhoun's Diagrams of Love
Ithell Colquhoun

The British painter, writer and poet Ithell Colquhoun (1906 – 1988) explored the magic of sexuality, the erotic body and female desire in her work. The publication ‘Sex Magic: Ithell Colquhoun’s Diagrams of Love’ brings together her poetry, visual work and radical contribution to these themes.

Publication Sex Magic: Ithell Colquhoun's Diagrams of Love
Artists Ithell Colquhoun
Texts Amy Hale
Graphic design Design Print Bind
Publisher Tate
Dimensions 21.5 x 17 cm
Pages 96
ISBN 9781849768801
Available here

The works, created at the beginning of the Second World War, resonate with today’s times: back to the magical, spiritual nature of sexuality through connection, experienced from a female perspective. Radical for then, inspiring and necessary today.

Writer Amy Hale delved into this collection of works by Ithell Colquhoun, which was essentially private, and edited the publication, preceded by her research, the motivation and meaning of the works, both for Colquhoun herself and the outside world.

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