These beautiful, anonymous black and white nudes from Denmark-born, New York-based artist Asger Carlsen look perfectly real and natural, until… You notice that appendages drip out of bodies in inhuman ways. You can see the skeletons folded inside the taught skin but something is horribly wrong. The way these globs of flesh are stacked on top of legs could sustain gravitational balance but not human life. Elbows sprout out of fists. Torsos are truncated. The heads aren’t even there. We’re not sure what’s more unsettling: The limbs resembling writhing phalluses or the writhing phalluses resembling limbs. Proceed for some explicit love-children of Roger Ballen and Francis Bacon. … Read More
In her Venus project, Italian artist Anna Utopia Giordano remixes some of the most celebrated nudes of art history, giving them an extreme Photoshop makeover. Essentially, she turns the icons of beauty of bygone centuries into the breasty waifs currently mass-marketed as ideal in today’s society. She asks, “What would have happened if the aesthetic standard of our society had belonged to the collective unconscious of the great artists of the past?” The results are stark and varied. While some ladies might be bettered by a tug at the waistline and pump to the bust, others may seem off and almost disturbingly adolescent. It makes us wonder if the girls of yesteryear — the ones with the skinny forms idolized by today’s fashion industry — would have stared up at the comparatively Rubenesque builds of the pin-ups of their day with envy. See the before-and-after takes side-by-side, and decide whether the digital lipo and breast augmentation was really necessary. … Read More
Photographer Jim Mangan’s first book of fine art nudes brought us to the wintry back-country of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains and sent us snowboarding vicariously down the snowy slopes without our clothes on, in joyous abandon. Following up on Winter’s Children, Mangan has released the second installment of his rebirth trilogy — Color’d. With a group of accomplices, Mangan took to the lakes and flowering meadows of Utah’s Uinta Mountains, where his subjects abandoned both their clothes and societal labels. Nude, wild, and slathered up in richly pigmented bear fat, they ventured deep into the forest, high up the rocky hillside and, finally, down into the water, splashing as the colors spread out like liquid auras. Take an abridged version of their journey with our slideshow of Mangan’s saturated, grainy, instant 35mm film shots. … Read More
While we’ve shared plenty of hyperrealistic paintings with you over the past few months, these pieces by Mexican artist Omar Ortiz gave us pause. His subject matter — two incredibly beautiful (and nude!) young women — certainly helps the cause. But there’s also something to be said for the fact that we find our attention drawn to his detailed depiction of hands and hair, as opposed to what are perhaps the more obvious targets; there’s a simplicity to his approach that keeps it from feeling gimmicky. Click through to check out his oil paintings of the human body, and let us know in the comments what you think of the work. … Read More
Photographer Jim Mangan liberates snowboarding from its commercial shackles in Winter’s Children, a collection of fine-art nudes shot in the back-country of Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains.
A former sponsored snowboarder, Mangan became disenchanted with the sport and was looking for a creative way to revive his enthusiasm when he found seven snowboarders willing to take to the slopes on circa-1980s boards, wearing nothing more than boots and colorful wool blankets. Mangan’s grainy 35mm photographs celebrate snowboarding by recalling its origins and capturing its unbridled ecstasy and free-wheeling spirit. … Read More
Ellen Harvey’s Nudist Museum doesn’t have any actual live nudes roaming the galleries. But it does feature the British-born, Brooklyn-based artist’s interpretation of every single work of art depicting a nude in the collection of Miami Beach’s Bass Museum of Art, where the project is currently being exhibited. Based on reproductions rather than originals, Harvey’s renderings of paintings, drawings, and sculptures from the collection point out the wide variety of ways that nudes have been portrayed in art — from the titillation of a naked nymph to the purity of a newborn child. … Read More
Ryan McGinley shifts gears from his last solo outing in London, where he exhibited spectacular color photographs of naked youths in underground caves across America, to an equally compelling new series of black-and-white photographs of bold young souls, shot nude in his studio. Capturing every move his diverse mix of models made on stark, seamless paper, McGinley chose the best shot from thousands of poses to represent each expressive sitter.
Stripped bare of their clothing, India, Cody, Jerilyn, Eduardo, Mari, and dozen of other posers put their fresh faces forward, and the resulting photographs, which are on view in the exhibition Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere at New York’s Team Gallery through April 17, do not disappoint. … Read More