NYC Gets Naked

Lisa Dinhofer, Barbara Reclining, 13" x 18", unframed, 20" x 25" framed, graphite and chalk on paper, 2004

The Roger Smith Hotel, located at 501 Lexington Avenue, played host to the Great Nude Invitational.  The Great Nude Invitational was an inaugural exhibition held in New York City from May 13 to May 16 that showcased the works of 27 international, burgeoning and well-known artists all of whom are dedicated working with nude subjects.

Meredith Bergmann September 11th 18" x 10" x 12", Bronze, 2001

Using traditional and contemporary styles and mediums, these artists explored the complexity of emotions associated with being comfortable in one’s own skin.  The exhibit proved why the human body has been a subject of fascination for artists and patrons alike for centuries.  What made this exhibit so powerful and unique was that the common dominator was nudity.  Although nudes can be found in most museums I have never been to an exhibit that focused just on nudes.  It was interesting to see how different artists viewed and displayed the body.  The Great Nude Invitational was provacative and compelling.  I look forward to seeing it grow.

Scott-Goodwillie, The Comforts of Home, 24" x 36", Oil on Canvas, 2010

The Great Nude Invitational’s stay was brief, but you can still see the works of these talented artists.  To learn more about nudes in art, the Great Nude Invitational and the Great Nude TV, visit http://thegreatnude.tv/.

Photos courtesy of The Great Nude TV

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