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heidi stevens: naked trump statues are beneath us

We don’t get to be the movement that preaches inclusiveness — particularly around gender — if we embrace this type of mockery. We can’t, in good conscience, advocate for civil rights protections for transgender folks — to safely use public restrooms, for example — if we point and laugh at reproductive organs. We can’t push for women to fill more offices — political and glass — and then indicate that lacking testicles is a liability. “Nothing is being said by the piece that is difficult for one in the current political climate to say — that Trump is a joke, or that fat people must be shamed, or that male bodies that don’t conform to masculine notions of genitalia deserve scorn,” Meghna Sridhar writes in a Feministing essay. “Indeed, the real naked emperors seem to be the installation’s smug audience instead, parading around in seeming robes of progressive politics, which actually, upon closer inspection, are their own naked delusions of open-minded, non-oppressive grandeur.” More simply, she asks: “Are we really turning the tables on the …

Neha Kale on blocking women’s narratives of female nudity

If we’re pointing out the most pervasive tropes in art history, it’s difficult to get past the female nude. From Rokeby Venus, Velazquez’s sensual tribute to the Roman goddess of love, to Olympia, Manet’s 1863 rendition of a lounging courtesan, these naked women have long anointed as geniuses the Great Male Artists who conceived them. And these geniuses weren’t just dab hands with oil paint! Their nudes were so masterly, they also sowed the seeds for a de facto femininity, one that cast women as sensuous nymphs for the taking or coy objects whose contours only appeared once a man imagined them into being. As a teenager with a growing art history obsession, I scoured textbooks for paintings of female bodies that weren’t a projection of male desire but a reflection of the flesh-and-blood women I knew. The fact that my search yielded nothing was proof of a world in which a male expression of the female experience is considered more authoritative than a female expression of her own experience. God, it was so depressing. …

Wooden Eye Collection by Matthias Verginer

Spotlight: Wooden Eye Collection by Matthias Verginer I have always been interested in people with its feelings, fears, joys and problems. Therefore, the human figure is always the center of my sculptures. Every day we see by our media, mainly through advertising, an ideal image of man/woman, which is beautiful, perfect. But are not all of us with our rough and edges therefore uniquely beautiful? This thought was just the starting point to the “fat woman”, who is also beautiful in some way. Read more: The Curvy Fashionista

Kacy Johnson Photo Project: Female

Johnson embarked on the project in 2014, shortly after she moved to Brazil. She knew she wanted to make beautiful photographs of women, while reimagining the visual language of such an image. Fed up with images of women revolving around desirability, perfection and objectification, Johnson opted to highlight the aspects of womanhood she deems beautiful ― emotion, intuition, understanding, and inclusion. “Photographing the big skin expanse that is my back shows that I can be more than just a pair of legs, some tan marks or a belly,” Arlene, another subject, explained. “I can be all that empty canvas that is my back, I can be the spine that supports me in the face of so much oppression, I can be the bra marks or the pimples and speckles that, like a constellation, silently inhabit my back while the rest of the world ― myself included ― is too busy looking at other pieces of me.” After beginning the project in Brazil, Johnson is now creating portraits in San Francisco. She hopes to eventually travel …

compromise at Israeli art school over nude painting

There has been an interesting series of developments around this issue. Take a look at the linked articles on the source as well.  The head of an Israeli art school has rescinded the resignation he submitted last week following an uproar over censorship of a nude painting of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Larry Abramson, the art chief at Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, announced his return on Wednesday after a compromise with the college’s president, Yuli Tamir. Abramson had resigned after advising artist Yam Amrani to either remove the painting from an exhibition or cover Shaked’s face. Amrani opted to cover Shaked’s face with a black X and oval. …. “Censoring a painting is clearly a blow to freedom of expression,” he said. “Establishing the council at Shenkar and enshrining its standing in the Shenkar statutes is an action that will prevent arbitrary restrictions of freedom of expression.” read more: Haaretz

spencer tunick’s nude installation at the republican national convention

So what is the point of this performance art installation? Obviously the artist is trying to say: “Hey republican delegates! Look at us! We’re holding up mirrors to make you look at yourselves.” Or something. In 1992, Tunick began documenting live nudes in public locations in New York through video and photographs. His early works from this period focus more on a single nude individual or small groups of nudes. Tunick cites 1994, when he posed and photographed 28 nude people in front of the United Nations building in midtown Manhattan, as a turning point in his career: “It all started there, moving my work from just photography into installation and performance photography,” he says. Since then, he has organized and photographed over 65 temporary site-related installations in the United States and abroad. Tunick’s philosophy is that “individuals en masse, without their clothing, grouped together, metamorphose into a new shape. The bodies extend into and upon the landscape like a substance. These grouped masses which do not underscore sexuality become abstractions that challenge or reconfigure …

more reflections on Tunick’s sea of hull

    New York-based Tunick said: “It’s always wonderful to see the various-sized people covered in paint walking through the streets of a city I admire.” One of those who took part, Natasha Porter, has appeared in a precious Tunick project. She told Sky News: “This was an amazing experience. It was on such a bigger scale than I’ve ever done before. “It’s like being part of a surreal dream.” Another participant, Hannah Savage said: “It was my first time and it was in my home city, so for me it wasn’t just a perspective of being nude and being part of an art work, it was also seeing Hull in a totally new way… “Just this beautiful tidal wave of painted people. It was incredible.” Read full article: Eagle Radio

worcester art museum nude figure drawing classes create community

Worcester Art Museum experiences success with nude figure-drawing classes. Since 2013, the museum has been offering nude-figure drawing classes once a week. While nude-figure drawing is a rite of passage for fine arts majors in studios, this appears to be the only museum in the country to offer it in its galleries to the general public. The museum provides pencils, paper, drawing boards, erasers, and a live model — all for the price of general admission (which is free for members, and for all visitors in August). Attendees can come and go from the classes between the hours of 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., though director of audience engagement Adam Rozan said that most stay for the full three hours. Encouraging people to linger in the galleries is one of the main goals of the program. The nude-figure drawing classes are one of the most successful and long-term programs aimed at making the museum experience more active. The first class was held, fittingly, near a nude: “Venus Disarming Cupid,” by Paolo Veronese. Now, classes rotate …

Timely Info – How to Get that Sea of Blue Paint Off!

Originally posted on CasuallyBuff:
Regrettably, I wasn’t there. Regrettably, I’m never anywhere near a Spencer Tunick event! One day… For those that were there, the Hull Daily Mail has printed tips on how to cope with and remove all that blue paint. It’s an interesting read even if you are, like me, unfortunately absent. People take part in an installation titled Sea of Hull by artist Spencer Tunick in Hull. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA. Re-printed from The Guardian Where do all these people come from and why are they not doing this for the rest of the year? Or are they? Are they are members of the infamous secret ‘behind-closed-doors’ naked army? Are they associates of the ‘We’re Not Really Nudists’ movement? Answers on a postcard to… ?

making do in leftover spaces – nude exhibit by catherine shields

Making-do in leftover spaces by Catherine Shields features a series of photo media works set in “ordinary” landscapes, alongside railway lines and corridors, throughout regional Victoria. “Most of the time we just travel through these spaces on the train and we glance at these spaces and that’s what intrigued me to begin with,” Shields said. In many of the images Shields had included her naked body in the scene, as a way of reclaiming the space. “I felt thwarted by a particular obstacle like the cyclone fencing and the track and freeway and could see that I couldn’t go any further,” Shields said. She described positioning her naked body in the scene as an act of defiance “to being stopped”. Being a women she said there were often expectations including self-regulation and a wariness to enter certain spaces because of a feeling of vulnerability. “So taking off my clothes was like a way of compensating for that, and an act of defiance in occupying these spaces” Shields said. Read full article: ABC Central Victoria