tagged: nudes

Coming to Power (Again): A 1993 Exhibition of Sexually Explicit Feminist Art Still Resonates

by Olivia B. Murphy
Entering Maccarone Gallery on the evening of the opening for , almost felt like walking into a reunion. This is possibly because the exhibition is a restaging of a 1993 show curated by Ellen Cantor at the then brand new David Zwirner Gallery, but also because there is a level of communal excitement that goes beyond the usual group show fervor. It’s an excitement indicative of the unprecedented effort on the part of Maccarone and six other New York institutions in celebrating the life and work... [more]
Posted by Olivia B. Murphy on 9/30/16

Ren Hang Fights Censorship and Taboos with Edenic Nude Photography

by Sola Agustsson
A photograph is rarely seen as an act of rebellion these days. Hundreds of billions of images are taken and circulated around the world each year. But under China’s censorship laws, Ren Hang’s outdoor nudes are radicalized. , Hang’s new exhibition now on view at MAMA, features striking photos the artist had to risk his reputation to take. Hang sometimes has to run from police when shooting. The Beijing-born artist, who usually photographs his friends naked has been arrested before for... [more]
Posted by Sola Agustsson on 6/30/16

Searching for Christ's Penis

by Thogdin Ripley
The marking of the centenary of the First World War seems to have provided a good excuse for many galleries to revisit some of the greats of Expressionism. Namely, the unholy, and unholily popular trinity of Dix, Grosz, and Schiele, three men who, in recording their everyday lives and tumultuous surroundings in lividly-colored, pinched perspectives, also let the burgeoning sexuality of youth pound priapically against the quivering doors of the traditional nude. Ahem. Grosz’s early portfolios... [more]
Posted by Thogdin Ripley on 10/31/14

Carry Your Ghosts: Ryan McGinley, Dan Colen, and the Specters of Youth

by Charlie Schultz
When I moved to New York in 2007 one of the first things I picked up was a copy of with Dash Snow, Dan Colen, and Ryan McGinley in bed together on the cover. The image, shot by Cass Bird, has stayed with me. It shows a bird’s-eye view of three friends in their underwear, snuggled together like a small litter of puppies. The picture is intimate but it becomes oddly intrusive on a magazine cover, in part because no one is making eye contact with the photographer. Instead all three either sleep... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 10/15/14

Naked Ladies and More

by Char Jansen
With the world reeling from recent global events that have severely impacted on our collective conscience—the barrage of scenes of manmade destruction, death, and disaster a vivid testimony of the dark side of humanity—visiting at Hayward Gallery was oddly cathartic. Of course, the curators were not prophets, but in bringing together twenty-five years of sculpture through twenty-five artists they have created a perspicacious and timely exhibition that reflects on something primordial: the... [more]
Posted by Char Jansen on 9/2/14