March 7, 2012

“Nudes of Botticelli’s Botox”

“Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?” These are some of the questions raised by the artist Phillip Toledano, in the album A New Kind of Beauty, featuring portraits of people who have had considerable plastic surgery.

The album brings up questions about the beauty of human body, and talks about a modern subject: can human faces and bodies redesigned using extensive surgery be considered a paragon of beauty?

The New York artist, whose photographs have already appeared in the New York Times, GQ and Esquire, features semi-nude and nude works of men and women who have cosmetically enhanced their faces and bodies, in their desire to be more beautiful. Models have suffered different interventions, including lip augmentation, nose reshaping, breast augmentation,implants, and body resculpting.

The attempt of the artist to recreate the look of classic portraits made the pictures to be called “nudes of Boticelli’s Botox.”

With the release of the album, Toledano also raised a couple of good questions: “Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless? When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity? Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture”, Toledano added.

A New Kind of Beauty will be available at  Amazon, for 32 $.

Photos: mrtoledano.com