The nude figure is a tradition in Western artand has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek artand after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos.
When we hear of nude art, certain impressions are conjured in the minds of almost all of us. It bears more than just naked flesh but features the extraordinary work of some of the best artists and performers in the industry. Nude Art LA is an eclectic mix of eye-popping exhibits and amazing sensuality.
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Yet these men and women — old and young, all shapes, sizes and ethnicities — whose bodies are exposed from every angle, whose nude images grace my walls, remain unknown to me. I rarely know their names. Who are these people who bare all to a room full of strangers?
The occasion was NYC Bodypainting Dayorganized by Andy Golub and Young Naturists America, and, after spending a couple of hours watching dozens of artists do incredible things to these gloriously nude "canvases", who, as a whole, boasted an extraordinary range of body types, I'd have to say the banner is correct. Not that every work of bodypainting here was a great piece of art, though most were pretty amazing. It's just that after a while you don't see, and think about, these nude physical people in the way that you're used to—as sexy, say, or imperfect, or unappealing, or sensational.
T he first time Dominic Blake took his clothes off in front of an art class was, as you might imagine, a daunting experience. There were about 40 people and I was looking at the doors and windows for escape routes. If you have an image of what a life model might be like — someone with a toned physique, perhaps, and an exhibitionist streak — then think again.
Vittorio Carvelli. The Story of Gracchus. Gaius Agrippa Aelius had been sent to Athens for a number of years, on Imperial business.
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I was really excited, however, to see a standing room only crowd and to be part of a fantastic, thought-provoking discussion on what can be a truly divisive topic. Many people were outraged over the image without even seeing it. The panel kept circling back to a central question: where does the controversy come from?
Or, in Darwinian terms, imagine us, human animals, carelessly running around with no clothes on, blind and deaf to social obligations and all the regulations determined by the artificial, preposterous moral code. How does such a world intersect with our contemporary world? In real life, it seems almost impossible for the primitive state of existence to arise out of an era of cognizance, industry and technology. And yet, here we are in the 21st century, witnessing the work of Spencer Tunickwho persistently endeavors to create these impossible worlds.