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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 editor-in-chief of artnet News, Andrew Goldstein is a career cultural journalist who has spent the past decade at the vanguard of online art publishing. Jeffrey Sturges is the current director of exhibitions for the estate of Tom Wesselmann. He was hired by Wesselmann in as a studio assistant. Looking at the clean, sunny compositions and exultant joie de vivre in the work of the American Pop artist Tom Wesselmann, even lay observers might find their minds wandering to the art of another master of the pleasing painting, the French modernist Henri Matisse.
An art model poses for any visual artist as part of the creative processproviding a visual reference for the human figure in a work of art. However, more than being simply the subject of art, models are often thought of as musesa source of inspiration without whom the art would not exist. Art models are often paid professionals with skill and experience but are rarely employed full-time, and artists may also rely on friends and family to pose.
Please refresh the page and retry. T he Royal Academy is to ensure its next exhibition of nudes has an equal gender split of naked men and women, as it navigates the post-Me Too era. The Academy, which has just undergone a major restructure to celebrate its th anniversary, will have almost exact parity between paintings, sculptures and drawings of male and female nudes in its forthcoming exploration of Renaissance art.
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Adamski, a police officer in Berlin who investigates organized crime, first started going to a nudist camp at a lake outside Berlin after he met his wife, whose family owned a cabin there. One weekend, when he had just about gotten used to stripping in front of his in-laws, he bumped into the highest-ranking colonel in his precinct — who promptly challenged him to a game of table tennis. Adamski said as he prepared to join a triathlon where the swimming and running portions of the race were naked. Germans love to get naked.
Looking at naked men is what the European art tradition is all about. The male body was the most fascinating fact in the universe for ancient Greek sculptors like Polykleitoswho strove to depict perfectly proportioned young athletes. Male beauty was a bit of heaven on earth, to be apprehended by a truly philosophical love, as Plato explained and as Greek statues assert.
The last critic to write seriously about the nude in art was Kenneth Clark, the posh, brilliant art historian whose television series Civilisation is still talked about and argued with. Clark's book The Nude got him satirised by Monty Python in a sketch about an art critic who slavers over "the nude in my bed". But at the risk of appearing similarly nuts I would like to ponder the beauty of the human body.