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A Brief Survey of Blatantly Phallic and Vaginal Art [NSFW]

“It’s not vulgar, it’s a vulva!” It’s 400 plaster casts of vulvas in one 30-foot-long polyptych, to be exact. Jamie McCartney’s Great Wall of Vagina just won the Erotic Signature international sculpture prize, but the artist insists it is not erotic art. It’s a… ahem… “deeper exposé of human variety.” Don’t fight it. From Louise Bourgeois’s acclaimed, fluid-gendered sculptures to anarchist art-group Voina’s notorious Dick graffiti bombing, visuals of carnal apparatuses go way back and always come back around. Sure, naughty art bits can get banal, but they can be natural and inspired. Here are a few contemporary artists that work some very specific anatomic imagery. Unless you’re a sensitive type, let’s dive on in.

Yes, do giggle at Jamie McCartney’s Great Wall of Vagina. He wants you to. Technically, vaginas they’re not. They’re unique vulva casts of 400 women aged 18 to 76, pre and post labiaplasty, pre and post natal, related and transgendered. The explicit “exposé” heads to UK’s Brighton Festival Fringe in May.