Throughout the history of art, male artists have been lauding the female nude, taking pleasure in painting and sculpting unclothed women for centuries. From Venus appearing as an apparition from inside a scallop shell most famously by Botticelli , to the infamous reclining nude think Manet, Modigliani, Titian , it seems male artists have always had a thing for naked women. As we all know, women have not been treated kindly by art history.
Saatchi Art Digest
This piece contains explicit imagery. Please consider it NSFW. A dude walks into a feminist art show— bada-bum. Yes, that is a fully contained joke. Behind the desk, there's an image of a beach hunk in a smiley-face T-shirt, followed by a Diane Arbus photograph of a "male primitive" with tattoos all over his face.
Part III: Dueling Gazes
Paintings of naked women, usually by clothed men, are suddenly sitting very uncomfortably on gallery walls. Male artists wonder whether they can work with the female form, while the world questions what their intentions were in the first place. By Michael Slenske. And the question of the moment has become: Is it still an artistically justifiable pursuit for a man to paint a naked woman? To answer this question, I reached out to a number of prominent male artists known for doing just that as well as for painting nude men. Presumably, they worried about unintentionally saying the wrong thing that would then echo endlessly across social media, damaging their reputations. For emerging artists, there is the fear of a possibly career-derailing gestalt fail.
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