Wednesday, December 19, 2007

March of Dimes -- On the N*de Bandwagon (Reluctantly)

March of Dimes gala gets nude awakening

By Jose Lambiet
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
palmbeachpost.com

The yearly March of Dimes fund-raiser rocked the stodgy old Breakers Friday when the edgy entertainment turned too sexy for Palm Beach.

The $500-a-plate gala has been known on the do-gooder circuit as one of the season's wildest, one that has featured belly dancers, a Brazilian carnival band and a donkey auction.

This year's version had a naked lady.

"It was a faux pas, and we'll learn from it," said event co-Chair Annie Falk.
The jaws of some of the 300 supporters of the children's health charity dropped when an obviously surgically enhanced model ended up nude on the dance floor during what was billed as performance art....

Although some not-so-open-minded patrons walked out, then e-mailed Page Two, philanthropist Peter Rain said he wasn't offended: "There were three little girls selling raffle tickets who sat there with their mouths agape, but adults should not have been offended. It was very tastefully done."

For the complete story, click here

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Winners Announced -- "Curators Choice" and "My Favorite N*de" Contests, November 2007

The winners of the monthly competition for the barebrush Curators Choice Awards and the popular "My Favorite N*de" contest are announced today on the website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the n*de.

The November N*des-of-the-Month calendar was curated by Ronnie Cutler, artist and member of the Salmagundi Club and of the American Watercolor Society, of NYC and Massacheusetts. All historic barebrush curators were sent ballots to rank the selections for the "Curators Choice" Awards. The results are below:


1st: Alley As Venus by Jean Marcellino


Alley As Venus by Jean Marcellino

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2nd: African Drum #3 by Donelli J. DiMaria


African Drum #3 by Donelli J. DiMaria

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3rd: Her Profile...Pinup or classic? by Jacqui Morgan


Her Profile...Pinup or classic? by Jacqui Morgan

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Honorable Mention: The Birds and The Bees by Lucinda Luvaas


The Birds and The Bees by Lucinda Luvaas

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Honorable Mention: Nude Figure in Abstract Expression style by Emily Rich


Nude Figure in Abstract Expression style by Emily Rich

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Honorable Mention: Glow by Jennie Rosenbaum


Glow by Jennie Rosenbaum

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My Favorite N*de

The winners of the "My Favorite N*de" contest were selected on the basis of popular votes. Voting was open to the public from November 10th through December 15th. The results are:

1st: Accion y resistencia by Hector Olvera Etor


Accion y resistencia by Hector Olvera Etor

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2nd: Surviver by Tony Lee


Surviver by Tony Lee

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3rd: Her Profile...Pinup or classic? by Jacqui Morgan


Her Profile...Pinup or classic? by Jacqui Morgan

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Honorable Mention: Daydreaming by Chanit Roston


Daydreaming by Chanit Roston

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Honorable Mention: Glow by Jennie Rosenbaum


Glow by Jennie Rosenbaum

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Congratulations All!

To see the November 2007 N*des-of-the-Month calendar, click here

Monday, December 03, 2007

Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month January 2008 -- Launch of the New Year, the 17th calendar in the BAREBRUSH series

Deadline December 21. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Alexander Katlan, art conservator, collector and author, for the January 2008 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Dec. 3, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Alexander Katlan, art conservator, author and collector, will select and curate the January 2008 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the January 2008 calendar is December 21. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before December 21 to be eligible for the January exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest.

About Alexander Katlan
Alexander Katlan, MA, MFA, founder of Alexander Katlan Conservator, Inc. provides in-depth museum quality conservation, documentation of fine paintings and research.

Alex has Master of Fine Arts degree in painting conservation (Florence, Italy) and a Master of Art in art history (Queens College, NY). Professional Associate status has been awarded by the American Institute of Conservation. He has been a recipient of numerous grants and awards from the Smithsonian Institution, the New York State Council on the Arts, and The Institute of Museum Services. He is a founding organizer of the New York Conservation Association. He has lectured at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the West Point Museum and numerous historical societies and universities. Mr. Katlan has taught appraisal studes at NYU and has published articles in many conservation journals. He is the author of The Black and White Exhibitions of the Salmagundi Sketch Club 1878-1887: A Guide to Etchings, Engravings, Drawings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Oils and Monotypes (2007).

"In keeping with our policy to select barebrush curators from a variety of art backgrounds, I am very pleased that Alex Katlan has agreed to curate the January 2008 show for barebrush," says CEO, Ilene Skeen. "Alex is unflagging in his enthusiasm for art, his attention to detail and his comittment to preserving both art and art-related history. He comes to barebrush with a lifetime of experience in preserving, appreciating and collecting fine art."

Alex's concentration has been on the artists of the nineteenth century, and when asked what he would like to see from the artists of today for the January 2008 calendar, he expressed sentiments consistent with his classical training and background as a conservator: "I look for line, form and composition in all artwork, as well as inventiveness, color, technical stability and sound painting methods, whether contemporary or historical."

To see the complete call for entries, click here

Friday, November 30, 2007

BAREBRUSH Launches Sweet 16th

This is the press release sent to MMD Newswire for release and national distribution Monday, Dec 3, 2007

Art News: 16th Art Calendar Successfully Launched

New York, NY – Dec. 3, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces its sixteenth N*des-of-the-Month Calendar, (December 2007) is released to the public at the website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude. The calendar was curated by Tria, the Suchman-Bart-Metheny Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from 335 works submitted by 35 artists worldwide.

About the Selection and the Artists:
Tria specializes in contemporary painting, photography and mixed media by established and emerging artists. In addition to artwork on exhibit, the gallery maintains an inventory of select works by its featured artists. Tria's three directors, Carol Suchman, Paige Bart and Latifa Metheny, are committed to presenting artists with compelling bodies of work, and ones whose stories should, in their estimation, be told.

When asked what they were expected from the artists of barebrush, Carol Suchman wrote, "December is a month of sweeping emotion. People feel great happiness and optimism towards the holiday season, but can also feel great sadness and desolation. We are looking for this emotion in the artist's work."

"The energy level at Tria is impressive, as are their shows," says barebrush CEO, Ilene Skeen. " I am pleased that barebrush artists responded to the call for entries with an impressive array of work. This allowed Carol, Paige and Latifa to remain true to their expectations for the December calendar, selecting especially work which expressed the sweeping emotions of the holidays. They were also very interested in unusual presentations and materials.

They chose Randy Thurman's, “Merry Christmas!!!” for December 25th and Suhas Tavkar's “Nude Angels” for Christmas Eve. They chose Kaya's “Dance” for Kwanza on December 29th and two by Lucinda Luvaas, “Flying over City” and “Judith and Holofernes” for a two-day New Year's Eve. To launch the month of December, they decided on “Flight from Earth” by Joost Remeeus.

The artists represented are: Georgette Backs (28), Deborah Batt (22), Lenin Del Sol (23) Donelli J. DiMaria (19), Leon Nicholas Kalas (17, 18), Kaya (29), Lucinda Luvaas (9, 10, 30, 31), Jean Marcellino (2-4), Nudairist (20), Joost Remeeus (1), Ilene Skeen (5-8), Suhas Tavkar (24, 26, 27), Randy Thurman (14-16, 25), Haydee Torres (11-13), and Yukako (21).

To see the entire press release sent to MMD Newswire, click here

To see the press release live at the MMD Newswire website, click here

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Khajuraho Lovers by Suhas Tavkar at Soho20/Chelsea Gallery

Khajuraho Lovers is in the barebrush.com October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month Calendar curated by Esther S. Kim (N*de of the day for October 28th). This is a letter from the artist.

Dear Ilene,

I am pleased to invite you as an art lover to view truly unique art form, the art of "Nakha Chitra." Nakha Chitra originated in ancient India and still exists in today's world. The "Small Works" show at SOHO20/Chelsea Gallery, November 29th - December 21, 2007 will be featuring a sample of my fingernail relief drawings. The opening reception will be on Saturday December 1st, 3-7 PM. I really believe that this ancient, unique and rarely known art form originated from the beginning of the human race.

Evidence shows that humans practiced etching on the soft wooden bark of trees or banana and lotus leaves with their fingernails. The art of fingernail etching may have started a long time ago and fingernail relief drawing may have started when humans started making paper. It seems that this has really become a lost art form. It's really surprising to see that not a single museum has ever done any research on this art form. In the history of art no one has ever mentioned the art of "Nakha Chitra" (Nakha means fingernail and Chitra means art in the Sanskrit language of the Hindus). But, I believe it is an art form that needs to admired and promoted....

Every living creature on earth is an artist and also a wonderful piece of art by itself...

Regards,

Suhas Tavkar

The address of the gallery is:

SOHO20 GALLERY
511 West 25th Street, Suite 605
New York, N.Y. 10001

Reception: Saturday December 1st, 3-7 PM

For the barebrush October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month Calendar , click here

For a direct link to Khajuraho Lovers by Suhas Tavkar at barebrush.com, click here

Friday, November 23, 2007

N*des (and more) in History at the Salmagundi Club


Available for the First Time since 1878: A Comprehensive Exhibition History of the Salmagundi Sketch Club


The Black and White Exhibitions of the Salmagundi Sketch Club 1878 to 1887: A Guide to Etchings, Engravings, Drawings, Sculpture, Ceramics, Oils and Monotypes by Alexander W. Katlan


In the 1880's, the Salmagundi Club, which welcomed artists of all stripes (painters, sculptors, illustrators, etc.) and art lovers alike (as it does to this day), promoted a series of exhibitions exclusively for work without color, called "The Black and White." The exhibition series gave the Club's etchers had a venue to present their work to the art collecting public.


The delightful image shown above, Zephyr, is by George W. Maynard and was No. 39 in the Black and White Exhibition of 1882. It sold for $75.00. Maynard joined the Salmagundi Club in 1881 and was president 1888-1889.

“ With the publication of this guide, we are now also fortunate to be able to add the Salmagundi Sketch Club Black and White Exhibitions to the evolving documentations of American Art.” Nancy Whipple Grinnell Curator Newport Art Museum and Art Association


“…will surely join the ranks of scholarly art historical reference material.” Eva Gregruski Art Curator


To see the brochure, click here

Monday, November 05, 2007

Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month December 2007

Art News: Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month December 2007 -- Guest Curators, the Founding Directors of Tria Gallery, Chelsea, NYC

Deadline November 21. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by the founding directors of Tria, the Suchman-Bart-Metheny Gallery of Chelsea in NYC, for the December 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Nov. 5, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Carol Suchman, Paige Bart and Latifa Metheny, the founding directors of Tria, a new gallery in Chelsea, will select and curate the December 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the December 2007 calendar is November 21. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before November 21 to be eligible for the December exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest.

About Tria Gallery

Tria specializes in contemporary painting, photography and mixed media by established and emerging artists. In addition to artwork on exhibit, the gallery maintains an inventory of select works by its featured artists. Tria's three directors, Carol Suchman, Paige Bart and Latifa Metheny, are committed to presenting artists with compelling bodies of work, and ones whose stories should, in their estimation, be told.

"The energy level at Tria is impressive, as are their shows," says barebrush CEO, Ilene Skeen. "I am very excited that Tria is going to curate our December 2007 calendar. Their gallery is an open and friendly place and they know how to make visitors feel welcome. Carol, Paige and Latifa are enthusiastic about the barebrush concept and told me that they are very interested in art of the nude, so much so that they are currently planning a nude show at Tria for summer 2008.

When asked what they are expected from the artists of barebrush, Carol Suchman wrote, "December is a month of sweeping emotion. People feel great happiness and optimism towards the holiday season, but can also feel great sadness and desolation. We are looking for this emotion in the artist's work."

To see the complete call for entries, click here

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Art News: Calendar Art for November 2007

Barebrush.com announces its fifteenth N*des-of-the-Month (November 2007) is now released to the public at the website, barebrush.com.

Mass Media Distribution Newswire

New York, NY – Nov. 1, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces its fifteenth N*des-of-the-Month (November 2007) is now released to the public at the website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude. The calendar was curated by artist, Ronnie Cutler, signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and member of the Salmagundi Club, and Pen and Brush. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from art submitted world-wide.

About the Selection and the Artists:
Ronnie Cutler has been called the finest living artist in the Salmagundi Club (Gary T. Erbe, former president of Allied Artists of America). In addition to the Salmagundi Club, Ronnie is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. She is also a member of Pen and Brush. Her work is in public and private collections world-wide. Ronnie studied at the Art Students League in the 1950's and has spent a lifetime painting. "No one I know has a more original eye," says Ilene Skeen, barebrush founder and CEO....

The artists represented are: Ronnie Cutler (1), Donelli J. DiMaria (15, 16), Tony Lee (5), Lucinda Luvaas (6), Jean Marcellino (28-30), Dan McCormack (19), Chris Miller (14), Jacqui Morgan (2-4), Hector Olvera (11), Jim Owens (25), Jon Rettich (17), Emily Rich (12), Jennie Rosenbaum (24), Chanit Roston (22, 23), Clare Shepherd (20, 21), Ilene Skeen (7, 8), Suhas Tavkar (9), Randy Thurman (26), Haydee Torres (10), Wlodarski K (18), and Yukako (13).

Read the complete press release, click here

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Elton John Gets a Pass on N*de Kids Pix

from SFGATE.com

Sir Elton John's controversial photograph that was at the center of a child porn investigation has been deemed not to be indecent.

The legendary singer donated over 4,000 photos to an exhibition at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, in Gateshead, England, earlier this month.

But the gallery was rocked after a picture of two nude boys by famed photographer Nan Goldin was seized by police for possibly breaching pornography legislation.

However, the British Crown Prosecution Service has declared the image safe to be exhibited.

Head of the CPS Northumbria South Unit, Kerrie Bell, says, "In order to prove that the photograph is indecent, we must be satisfied that contemporary standards of propriety are so different now to what they were in 2001, that it is more likely than not that a court will conclude that the photograph is indecent.

"I am not satisfied that is the case.

"Accordingly, I am of the opinion that the evidence is insufficient to justify proceedings for offenses of possession or distribution of an indecent photograph."

To see the article, click here

Saturday, October 20, 2007

N*de with Tattoos: Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen: My painful decision to fight in the nude

from telegraph.co.uk

Viggo Mortensen, the dashing Aragorn in 'Lord of the Rings', has filmed the most talked-about fight scene of the decade in his latest film, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. He tells Will Lawrence what it was like

While many of the actors and actresses on show at last month's Toronto Film Festival made the headlines courtesy of the clothes they wore, Viggo Mortensen caused a stir thanks to the clothes he didn't wear.

In his latest film, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, the 48-year-old Lord of the Rings star acts out a brutal, four-minute fight sequence in the confines of a steamy Turkish bath while entirely naked. During the bruising sequence, he's forced to show off his manhood in every conceivable sense.

"I'm just glad it was shot in two days and not six as it was initially written," he laughs. "Honestly, though, it took me all of about eight seconds to decide whether to do the scene naked."

"It was slippery, painful, embarrassing," says Mortensen. "You see what you see. I always knew the scene should be as realistic as the rest of the movie, so I couldn't feasibly keep the towel on.

Plus, we shouldn't be trying to hide things or pretty it up in any way. I knew at times it would be awkward and vulnerable. It would also be painful because I couldn't wear any pads to protect me. All I was wearing was a bunch of tattoos."

To read more about the tattoos and the entire article, click here

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

BAREBRUSH Winners for September 2007

Curators Choice Awards (with day of month) for September 2007:

1st
Stephen W. Nash (14), $50

Cool Shower by Stephen W. Nash


2nd
Jean Marcellino (11), $25

Fast Aviva and Parasol by Jean Marcellino


3rd
Lucinda Luvaas (20), $15

Swimming Hole by Lucinda Luvaas


Honorable Mention:

Roger Cummiskey (25)

PearShaped by Roger Cummiskey

Haydee Torres (23)

Dream  About by Haydee Torres


Sima Schloss (29)

Blinder by Sima Schloss


All Curators' Choice Awards winners also receive 10 complimentary Extended Listings.


"My Favorite N*de" Poll Results:

1st
Hector Olvera (8)

La Danza by Hector Olvera Etor


2nd
Tony Lee (15)

Hombre Roca / Rockman by Tony Lee


3rd
Monique DRIF (28)

La Perle by Monique DRIF


Honorable Mention:

Tony Lee (16)

Silencio / Silence by Tony Lee


Walter Lynn Mosley (27)

Standing Male Nude with Pole by Walter Lynn Mosley



Congratulations all!

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month November 2007 -- Guest Curator, Artist Ronnie Cutler

Deadline October 21. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by award-winning artist, Ronnie Cutler of New York and Massachusetts, for the November 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Oct. 4, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that award-winning artist, Ronnie Cutler, signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and member of the Salmagundi Club, and Pen and Brush, will select and curate the November 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the November 2007 calendar is October 21. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before October 21 to be eligible for the November exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest.

About Ronnie Cutler and a unique vision within

Ronnie Cutler has been called the finest living artist in the Salmagundi Club (Gary T. Erbe, former president of Allied Artists of America). In addition to the Salmagundi Club, Ronnie is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. She is also a member Pen and Brush. Her work is in public and private collections world-wide. Ronnie studied at the Art Students League in the 1950's and has spent a lifetime painting. "No one I know has a more original eye," says Ilene Skeen, barebrush founder and CEO.

"When I first met Ronnie some years ago, she was analyzing an members' exhibition on the walls of the Salmagundi Club, and around her, people were listening, hanging on every word. For each piece that caught her eye, Ronnie pointed out what was working and what was not. Her comments were insightful and cogent. She put into a few well-chosen words what her listeners had felt, but not known how to state. Smiles of surprise, recognition and agreement were all around, and she pulled no punches -- her assessments were undeniable and, to the artists in the audience, incredibly helpful."

Ronnie is known especially for her landscapes, which she paints from a vision within. She keeps a studio/gallery in the Berkshires, the inspiration of her art, and remains an active painter in her Greenwich Village studio as well.

"For November, barebrush has the honor of Ronnie Cutler as guest curator. This is in keeping with our policy to balance the curation process between the commercial connections which gallery owners and dealers provide, with the insight and sensitivities of a wider variety of art professionals whose opinions and judgements help inform the art collecting public," says Ms. Skeen.

When asked what she will be looking for in the artwork on barebrush, Ronnie thought a moment and answered firmly, "Consistency of the many components that make up good art -- design, color, depth, transitions." Then she continued, "But above all, I will be looking for art that you respond to, that demonstrates the uniqueness of the artist; the individuality that elicits a strong response."

To see the entire call for entries, click here

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

St*d versus Sl*t: Double Standard for Celebrity N*des

From Hogwarts to High School -- Young actors have something in common. Not what you'd expect

Paul Rapoport
The Hamilton Spectator (thespec.com)

If the personal is political, bodies are certainly both, especially in the way they dress in public -- or in some cases, undress.

Proof comes from recent events surrounding two unconnected naked young people. Not Britney Spears but younger; and these two are almost as famous. First: Daniel Radcliffe, the lead in the Harry Potter movies.

Soon after the filming of the fifth movie, he appeared on a London stage in Peter Shaffer's Equus, beginning last winter. The play requires the male and female leads, both necessarily young, to appear naked for an extended scene.

The reaction from many Radcliffe fans was simple: By appearing naked in public, he had betrayed them. Never mind that most didn't see the Equus production and couldn't care less about the context of his nudity. They could not let go of their version of Radcliffe as a child. They wanted to believe that Radcliffe, now 18, is Harry Potter.

That's a problem in a culture of celebrity worship. Not only the character but the actor is confined to the impossible morality of a disembodied saint. Undoubtedly that appeals to many who are convinced they are inadequate themselves.

For the most part, Internet rants about Radcliffe stayed respectful. The insults were limited, although there was plenty of "How could you?"

Far from remorseful, Radcliffe is both continuing his Potter role and planning to appear in Equus in New York. Furthermore, about his profession, he notes: "If the script says smoke, I smoke. If the script says I have sex, then I have sex -- that's just what you do as an actor."

The case of Vanessa Hudgens, also 18, is quite different. On Sept. 6, the star of Disney's High School Musical movies found a fully nude snapshot of herself leaked to the Internet.

The official reactions were swift. Yes, the photo is real; and the actress is sorry she let down her family, friends, and fans.

Although millions more have now seen Hudgens's nude body than Radcliffe's, that's not the main difference. Nor is it that Radcliffe's exposure was intended and Hudgens's not.

Surprisingly, some usually fearless websites took down the photo of the nude Hudgens only a day after posting it. The almost certain reason is that in the leaked photos, Hudgens is under 18. So was Radcliffe when he first appeared in Equus.

One myth with the strength of the double standard is that all naked minors in public are unlawful, and full-frontal photos of them are child pornography.

Despite being patently false legally, this notion has helped to induce children to fear if not despise their own bodies and emerging sexuality.

It also prepares them for an adult world of sexual discomfort and hypocrisy.

It's no secret that heterosexual men may be attracted to physical beauty, passive cuteness and superficial innocence. More than one author has shown that such traits may be cultural ideals for both women and children. So Disney itself has, perhaps unwittingly, made the child Hudgens sexually both chaste and enticing.

It's unsurprising, then, that while some people wanted to believe Hudgens the person was effectively asexual, others were labelling her "hot" long before the nude photo appeared. Her "sexy innocence" reveals a serious cultural crisis concerning perception of children and women with regard to sexuality.

Meanwhile, Hudgens could learn from Radcliffe. She could tell us she's not a movie fabrication but a person growing up with no apology for that nude photo. Sexuality apart, both these actors are also indicating something else despite Hudgens's and others' protestations: It's OK simply to be naked and unashamed -- even if you're under 18.

Paul Rapoport is a professor emeritus of McMaster University in Hamilton, a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and editor of the magazine Going Natural.

To see the article on the web (and pictures of Radcliffe and Hudgens (not together), click here.

You may have noticed that all that is missing from my title of this article is "u". Your opinion, comments welcome.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

October N*des of the Month in Previews

This press release was scheduled for 10/28/07, but Murphy's Law intervened. I don't even know why. It will happen.

Art News: Curator Chooses Privacy in Revelation for Calendar Art

New York, NY – Sept. 28, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces that October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month is now in previews. The calendar was curated by Esther S. Kim, former director of Heidi Cho Gallery in NYC. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from art submitted world-wide.

N*des-of-the-Month October 2007 is in previews for members only and viewable by the public beginning October 1, 2007 at the website, http://www.barebrush.com.

About the Selection and the Artists:
For her role as guest curator for October 2007, Esther S. Kim, former director and curator of Heidi Cho Gallery chose the works very slowly and carefully. She looked at much of the art multiple times before making each decision. Esther chose Seated Figure in Watercolor by Emily Rich to launch the month. She liked Girl Study by Haydee Torres for the all-important first Saturday, and for Halloween, quite as a cautionary tale, Don't Take Candy from Strangers by Lucinda Luvaas.

When asked about the process and her choices, Esther's immediate response was, "It was fun." She noted that she was more drawn to the paintings and drawings than the sculpture and photography. In addition, she said, "I felt myself gravitating toward the images where the figures are turned away or you don't see their faces -- some things remain private even though they're nude."

CEO Ilene Skeen says, “The October 2007 calendar has a special sensitivity about it -- a gentle and lovely feeling, which matches Esther herself. The issues of privacy and revelation are central to the art of the nude and Esther is the first of the barebrush curators to select a show specifically on that basis. This is yet another facet of appreciation that can help artists, (really all of us) to understand and enjoy this genre.

To read the press release sent to MMD Newswire, click here.

To read the national press release, click here

Friday, September 28, 2007

What's the difference between art and porn?

BBC News

Sir Elton John has defended a photograph he owns after it was seized from an art gallery amid claims it could breach child pornography laws. When does a nude picture become a salacious artefact?

The picture, Klare and Edda belly-dancing, is part of a 139-image collection by the American photographer Nan Goldin. It had been on display in the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead and shows young girls, one of them naked.

Removed from the gallery by police, it is up to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to decide whether to prosecute. If it were to press charges, it would be under the 1978 Protection of Children Act which prohibits showing "indecent" photographs of children.

To view the entire article, with a summary of the issues for both sides, click here.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Some Grin and Bare It!

A note from the BAREBRUSH mailbox, September 9th

Dear Ilene,

I thought I'd steal an idea and create a small preview. So I've attached
a few pages from the next magazine here. I draw your attention to the
bottom left of page 9 and the bottom of page 12, although other items
may be of interest too.

Unlike your previews, this is only for you. The print magazine isn't out
for another week.

Best wishes,

Paul


The magazine is Going Natural / Au naturel is Fall 2007, Vol. 22, no. 3.

Paul is Dr. Paul Rapoport, Professor Emeritus in the School of the Arts at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and Editor of the quarterly Going Natural / Au naturel, for the Federation of Canadian Naturists.

When I received his note I asked if he would allow the excerpt to be posted to Barebrush Art News & Events. The permission came on the 25th. The magazine is out by now. To see the excerpt, click here. (You will need Adobe Reader to view it).

I'm very pleased to be able to share this with you. Enjoy!

PS: For more information about Going Natural and the Federation of Canadian Naturists, click here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

"My Favorite N*de" Poll Results for August 2007

"My Favorite N*de" Poll Results (with day) for August 2007:

Winners



1st: Hector Olvera (17), La aceptación de la sexualidad



2nd:Chanit Roston (2), Summer Idyl




3rd:Tony Lee (8), La Rana / The Frog



Honorable Mention:



Joyce DiBona (7), Industrial Junkie



NovA (4), Veronica



Frank Olesen (15), up


Congratulations all!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

My 11-year-old is drawing n*des? What do I do?

[title changed by BB]

By Gail Saltz
TODAYShow.com contributor

Q. I am uncomfortable that our 11-year-old son is drawing n*des. He is a budding artist and I want him to develop as an artist, but I'd rather he draw fruit in a bowl than nakedness. His father is an “art dad,” similar to a “stage mom,” and pushes him beyond his age. Can you totally be on my side and say 11 is too young for nakedness?

A. I am mostly on your side. By the time kids are 11, you should have discussed all the parts of the human body, including genitals, with them so that they have an understanding of their own parts and what they are called.

In addition, children are sexual beings with their own very normal sexual thoughts....Usually, kids just enjoy their sexual thoughts and feelings, especially if they are given the message there is nothing wrong with them.

Unfortunately, they are exposed to near-nudity on television and the Internet. But obviously, the stimulus of a live n*de person at close range will stir more excitement. An 11-year-old is not an adult who can deal with such stimulation. This is why I advise parents not to go around naked in front of their kids. In this way I am on your side....

Dr. Gail’s Bottom Line: While children should have knowledge of the human body, including their genitals, exposure to actual adult nudity is often overstimulating to them and therefore not advisable.

For the article, click here

And Ilene Skeen says: Too much information is missing from this article to make an informed judgement. Number 1: How involved with the process is the "art dad"? Is he in attendance? Is this a class of mostly adults, so that the child surrounded by people who know how to comport themselves and also know that drawing from the n*de is sometimes sexually stimulating and sometimes artistically and intellectually stimulating, and sometimes all of those. A entire class of children doing this would be major art news.

Number 2: Is this a case of locking the barn after the horse has escaped? For a young male artist, forbidding him life drawing after his having done it can emphasize the mother's discomfort and her assumptions of prurient interest. Exiled to drawing fruit, the boy may seek porno magazines or such Internet sites since those are readily available. At that point, the mother's concerns become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Number 3: It is never wise to pit one parent against the other -- Gail should have advised the mother to work with the "art dad" on this, not against him. A boy grows up to be a man and it is from his father that he can learn a healthy attitude both about his sexuality, and in this case, about his art. The mother should voice her concerns, but if the situation is being handled in a mature, responsible way, she should endorse and not criticize this process -- her son is getting an advantage of which many budding artists are deprived.

Comments Welcome

Monday, September 10, 2007

Long N*de Art Uproar Drowns Out Cricket Cheers for Indian Player

Sachin criticised for accepting painting from Husain

Press Trust Of India
Panaji, September 09, 2007

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar's act of accepting a painting from renowned artist MF Husain has met with criticism from a Hindu organisation, which has demanded an apology from the cricketer.

"We condemn Sachin's visit to `anti-Hindu' painter MF Husain in the UK during his present cricket tour of England," Manoj Solanki, spokesman of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, Goa, said in a press release held in Panaji on Sunday.

Tendulkar had accepted a special autographed painting from Husain, who had been under fire for his controversial paintings of Hindu deities.

"It appears that Sachin was not fully conversant about the nature of `obscene' paintings of Hindu deities and Bharat Mata by Husain," Solanki said.

"Husain is facing 1,250 police complaints for hurting the Hindu religious sentiments, but he has fled the country to avoid action,"

To see the story in the Hundustani Times, click here

Also read:
Hussain's paintings spark violence

Hussain's exhibition cancelled

May 2006

BAREBRUSH readers: Please note that the spelling of the artist's name sometimes appears Hussain and other times, Husain in the Hindustani Times.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month October 2007

-- Expose Your Nudes, Promote Your Art

Deadline September 21. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Esther Kim, former director of Heidi Cho Gallery, New York, for the October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Sep. 5, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Esther S. Kim, former director of Heidi Cho Gallery in New York City will select and curate the October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the October 2007 calendar is September 21. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before September 21 to be eligible for the October exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest.

Esther S. Kim is the former director and curator of Heidi Cho Gallery in NYC where she sought to establish the gallery as a space exhibiting socially pertinent work. Aside from contemporary art, she is especially enthusiastic about the French Impressionists and Post-Impressionists. She has a background in Art History and studio art, and degrees in both English and French. Her art experience includes studio art, primarly woodcuts as well as painting, and an intership at the Fondation Vasarely, an art museum in Aix-en-Provence, France. Ms. Kim is currently a contributor/show critic for the art news blog, Art Observed....

When asked about what she'd like to see at barebrush, Esther wrote about the problem of specifying particular types of work and concluded: "I'm more excited about seeing what people will send in without limits."

To see the complete call for entries with a link to the schedule, click here

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Barebrush Celebrates First Anniversary with International Calendar for September 2007

via MMD Newswire.com

New York, NY – August 31, 2007 – Barebrush.com celebrates the website’s first anniversary with publication of September 2007 N*des-of-the-Month, the thirteenth in the flourishing barebrush series. The calendar was curated by Brigitte Saint-Ouen, founder and director of Gramercy 32 Fine Art Gallery in NYC. The 30 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from over 420 entries (a record). Selected artists are from Spain, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Mexico, Panama, Florida, California and New York. N*des-of-the-Month September 2007 is in previews for members only and viewable by the public beginning September 1, 2007 at www.barebrush.com.

About the Selection and the Artists:

Brigitte Saint-Ouen reprised her role as the very first curator of barebrush.com in this special, first anniversary calendar. Brigitte had a fun time with the selection, frequently calling her assistant, Johnandrew Priano, to look at the choices. She was especially enthusiastic about the art of Kaspar Holten (1), Tony Lee (15, 16), and Monique Grif (28). Brigitte picked Kasper Holten's Comfydoc to open the month ("very strong," she said), Sima Schloss' Last Chance to close it. In relating the process to last year, Brigitte said, "It was much easier and there was a more varied and creative selection." Brigitte said that she hopes the artists keep putting in such excellent work and that it was so much fun, she would do it again!

The artists represented (with day of month in parentheses) are: Roger Cummiskey (25, 26), Dulcie Dee (2), Monique Grif (28), Kasper Holten (1), Tony Lee (15, 16), Lucinda Luvaas (19, 20), Jean Marcellino (11, 12), Walter Lynn Mosley (27), Stephen W. Nash (14), Hector Olvera (8), Michael Parker (13), Joost Remeeus (3, 4), Emily Rich (21, 22), William Stephen Rothstein (9, 10), Sima Schloss (29, 30), Ilene Skeen (2, 6, 7), Randy Thurman (17, 18), Haydee Torres (23, 24).

To read the entire press release, click here

Thursday, August 30, 2007

FLASH: First Anniversary Art Calendar In Previews Now

The first anniversary calendar, barebrush.com N*des-of-the-Month September 2007 is in previews now (members only).

Beginning on September 1, the calendar will be viewable to the public.

National press release to follow

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Prize-winning photo removed from Facebook

One of the photos that won a place in the prestigious Barebrush calendar for August was removed today from its posting on Facebook, the online social networking utility, by a Facebook manager. The photo was taken by Karen Mathewson of her husband, Paul Rapoport, in Death Valley, California in 2003.

Several people had left favorable comments about the photo when it was on Facebook.

Apparently Facebook wishes to be part of the epidemic of extreme body negativity in the USA, promulgating the lie that all pictorial nudity is immoral.


This image was n*de of the day for August 26, 2007. To see the complete barebrush.com August calendar, click here

Monday, August 27, 2007

Nudist Named to Arizona GOP Finance Committee

Paul Giblin, Tribune

Arizona’s Republican Party named Horst Kroust, the owner of a nudist resort in New River, to the party’s finance committee, a move that is drawing criticism from Democrats because the resort allows nude children to mingle with other nude children and adults.

Shangri La Ranch’s Web site offers this assessment of the facility: “Shangri La Ranch is one of the finest clothingoptional, family-oriented, year round recreational facilities in the Western United States. We emphasize the freedom of choice. You select the activity that suits you — from quiet relaxation to recreation.”

The resort also offered a weeklong camp for children in 2003. The camp was like other youth camps, except that the campers were naked, Kroust said.

Criticism by Democrats is unwarranted, Kroust said.

“Why is it their business?” he said. “This is absolutely absurd. What do those people think they are?”

The resort’s Web site on Friday included photos of nude adults lounging at a pool, gardening, playing sand volleyball and participating in other activities. One photo shows a child, though the photo is cropped tightly to show just the child’s head and shoulders.

About 60 families are staying at the resort, though no underage children were at the facility Friday, Kroust said in a telephone interview.

“I don’t know what the obsession with naked children is,” he said.

State GOP party spokesman Brett Mecum said Kroust was named to the finance committee on the basis that he has donated $5,000 to the party.

“Anyone who gives $5,000 or more to the Arizona Republican Party is an automatic member of the finance committee,” he said. Kroust also has recruited a number of new volunteers and registered voters to the party.

Mecum said he has little dealings with the committee and he didn’t know when Kroust was admitted to the committee, how many members the committee has or whether admittance has criteria other than hitting the $5,000 threshold.

To see the complete story, click here

Thursday, August 23, 2007

N*des-of-the-Month September 2007 -- Opportunity Deadline Tonight

The September 2007 N*des-of-the-Month calendar is a just over a week away. If you don't have all your art of the nude entries in, today is your last chance. The contest closes as midnight, EDT.

Our curator for September is Brigitte Saint-Ouen, founder and director of Gramercy 32 Fine Arts Gallery in NYC. Brigitte is reprising her role as the very first curator for barebrush with this, our first anniversay calendar.

September is the opening of the 2007-2008 art season. We have a lot of entries already and this promises to be a really great calendar. The calendar will be viewable to members only on August 31st (or earlier if circumstances permit). It will be viewable to the public on September 1st.

To get automatic feeds to barebrush announcements, you can subscribe to atom feed (below).

Art recieved after midnight tonight will automatically be entered into the October calendar contest. The curator for October will be announced September 5th.

To see the schedule page, click here

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Global Warming -- Going Bare to Protest Vunerability

Whatever you think about the global warming contraversy (caused by human or non-human factors), the Earth is getting hotter. What? Should? Can we do anything about it?


From artdaily.org
US-Installation artist Spencer Tunick and Greenpeace present a living sculpture: hundreds naked volunteers symbolise the vulnerability of the glaciers under climate change. © Greenpeace / Wuertenberg.


ALETSCH GLACIER, SWITZERLAND.- An emergency provokes extreme responses: human beings in danger will abandon social niceties, etiquette, and the norms of acceptable behaviour to raise an alarm any way they can when lives are in danger. Today, six hundred people shed their clothes on a glacier in the Swiss Alps to bodily cry out for help against a planetary emergency: global warming.


The nude volunteers posed for us and renowned naked "installation" artist Spencer Tunick on the Aletsch Glacier.


Without clothes, the human body is vulnerable, exposed, its life or death at the whim of the elements. Global warming is stripping away our glaciers and leaving our entire planet vulnerable to extreme weather, floods, sea-level rise, global decreases in carrying capacity and agricultural production, fresh water shortages, disease and mass human dislocations.


If global warming continues at its current rate, most glaciers in Switzerland will completely disappear by 2080, leaving nothing but valleys and slopes strewn with rock debris. Over the last 150 years, alpine glaciers have reduced in size by approximately one third of their surface and half of their mass, and this melting is accelerating. The Aletsch Glacier retreated 115 meters (377 feet) in a single year from 2005 to 2006.


To see the entire article and larger photo, click here

Thursday, August 16, 2007

You Voted: Results in for "My Favorite Nude" July 2007


Barebrush.com announces today the results for "My Favorite Nude" Poll July 2007.

In first place, for the second month in a row, Hector Olvera, from Mexico, took the top honor in the voting as "My Favorite Nude" with his painting, Desnudándome. In a very strong showing of interest, El atardecer, also by Hector Olvera, took second place. Clare Shepherd, from Salisbury, UK, took third place with her watercolor, Sleeping Nude with Long Hair.

The July 2007 calendar was curated by Alberto Magnan, founder and director of two Chelsea, NYC art galleries: Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemportary.


Here is the complete list of winners with the day in June represented:

"My Favorite Nude" Poll Results:

1st:
Hector Olvera (9)

2nd:
Hector Olvera (12)

3rd:
Clare Shepherd (27)

Honorable Mention:
Ilene Skeen (28)
Tony Lee (15)


Voting for "My Favorite Nude" August 2007 is now open through September 15th.

Anyone interested in the art of the nude is invited to vote. Membership in barebrush is not required.

Congratulations to Hector and the other winners. Thank you all for your interest in barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Vote Today: "My Favorite Nude" for July 2007

If you haven't voted for your favorite nude for July 2007, now is the time! The contest closes tonight at midnight. Winners will be announced August 16th. If you are an artist with work in the calendar, be sure to tell your friends, family, collectors and contacts to vote.

To vote for "My Favorite Nude" for July 2007, click here

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Nude Comic of Pablo Picasso Embarrassing Georgia

Based on a story by Mallory Simon, Court TV

Okay, a comic book. Okay, Gordon Lee, proprietor of a comic book store in Rome, Georgia, distributes 2000 comics free on Halloween night 2004. Okay, Pablo Picasso meets George Braque. Okay, Picasso was nude, fact. NOT okay, his penis is in print. Oops! A Georgia mother takes offense and therein, so to speak, hangs the tale.

To see the complete story, click here

Friday, August 10, 2007

My Favorite Nudes -- July and August Polls

Calling All Art Lovers

Don't forget to vote for your calendar favorite in the "My Favorite Nude" polls.

Voting for July closes August 15th. The July 2007 calendar was curated by Alberto Magnan, founder and director of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemportary, NYC.


Voting for August now open. The August 2007 calendar was curated by art historian, Della Clason Sperling, Ph. D., founding partner of Dulack, Sperling & Cheney, art advisors.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Call for Entries -- N*des-of-the-Month September 2007

Expose Your Nudes, Promote Your Art


Deadline August 23. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Brigitte Saint-Ouen, founder and director of Gramercy 32 Fine Arts Gallery, New York, for the September 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – Aug. 3, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Brigitte Saint-Ouen of Gramercy 32 Fine Arts Gallery in New York City will select and curate the September 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the September 2007 calendar is August 23. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before August 23 to be eligible for the September exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest....

Ilene Skeen, barebrush.com founder and CEO says, "In 2006, Ms. Saint-Ouen graciously agreed to curate the very first barebrush calendar. The site was just getting started and the selection was sparse. Brigitte did a terrific job both selecting the show and arranging the art. Over the year, barebrush has had twelve different guest curators, and we will continue the practice of having a different guest curator each month. I've invited Brigitte back to curate September as an anniversary gesture.

September 2007 will be an important month for barebrush. Not only is it our first anniversary calendar, it marks the launch of our expanded advertising program in the Gallery Guide. For the entire 2007-2008 art season, barebrush advertising will appear in Gallery Guide New York, West Coast and Europe -- over 100,000 circulation per month. I am convinced that advertising will bring collectors and public recognition to barebrush."

When asked what thoughts she would like to pass along to the artists of barebrush, Brigitte said, "I am very excited to participate again with barebrush, and I am glad to see a national and international selection of artwork."

To read the complete call for entries, click here

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Barebrush N*des-of-the-Month August 2007 – 31 Cool Nudes

National Press Release to Mass Media Distribution Newswire

New York, NY – July 31, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces the publication of August 2007, the twelfth monthly calendar in the barebrush.com N*des-of-the-Month series, completing one year of operation. The calendar was curated by Della Clason Sperling, Ph. D., art historian and partner in Dulack, Sperling & Cheney, art advisors, appraisals and collections management. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from over 360 entries. N*des-of-the-Month August 2007 is in previews for members only and viewable by the public beginning August 1, 2007 at www.barebrush.com.

About the Artists in the N*des-of-the-Month July 2007 calendar:

Della Clason Sperling enjoyed the selection process and especially liked some of the narrative which accompanied the art. She chose Frank Olesen (Denmark) to "center" the month because "it says everything in a bit more graphic way than most, and would be a great fulcrum." Della chose NovA (New York) for the all-important first Saturday, and delighted in the art by Emily Rich (New York) and Tony Lee (Panama), the humor of Karen Mathewsen (Canada) and the whimsy of Joost Remeeus (Belgium). For her jury of selection, Della choose to start and end the month with two historical American artists from the Salmagundi Club collection: Robert Fawcett (1903-1967) and Harrison Cady (1877-1970).

The artists represented (with day of month in parentheses) are: Mark Behme (24, 25), Stefan Beyst (9), Harrison Cady (31), Roger Cummiskey (20), Joyce DiBona (7), Robert Fawcett (1), Anthony Gordon (12), Stevan Josimovic (14), Tony Lee (8), Lucinda Luvaas (19, 29), Jean Marcellino (28), Karen Mathewson (26), Jacqui Morgan (18), Linda Moses (3), NovA (4), Frank Olesen (15), Hector Olvera (17), Michael Parker (23), Joost Remeeus (27), Emily Rich (16), Jennie Rosenbaum (11), Chanit Roston (2), William Stephen Rothstein (22), Salvatore Scrivo (10), Clare Shepherd (6), Ilene Skeen (13), Randy Thurman (30), Haydee Torres (5), Yukako (21).

To see the full text of the press release, click here

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Art Opportunity:The New Nude -- deadline August 15th

This is an an art opportunity from Christiania Vodka:

On 4 September 2007, a major billboard will be unveiled in downtown New York displaying the winning submissions of the "NEW NUDE" competition and honoring the artist(s) responsible. There will also be a major event honoring the winner and the runners up.

The winning work will be chosen according to Christianias's guiding principles, collectively known as "Purism" -- by a panel of influential leaders of the art world. All art mediums will be considered, including painting, photography, animation and film. Work may only be submitted at christiNaked.com. And worthy submissions will be on display on the site.

Full list of rules at christiNaked.com, click here

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Lecture on Figurative Art -- July 31st at the Salmagundi Club


The Salmagundi Club gives free lectures on topics of interest to artists and art patrons. On Tuesday, July 31st, the Salmagundi Club will host a lecture by John Bowman. Click on the image to the left for more information about the Salmagundi Club.

Varieties of Pictorial Rhetoric in Recent Figural Painting

July 31, 2007, 6:15 pm, Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street), NYC


In his lecture “Varieties of Pictorial Rhetoric in Recent Figural Painting,” John Bowman will discuss and analyze the persuasive methods and strategies employed in the construction of meaning in recent figurative painting. The painting of single figures and images representing the social mass will be considered, as will issues of memory and history, gender and body image, and distortion and temporal dislocation. Though related to surrealist techniques of representation, these works create a new argument for the function of signs in recent painting. This “rhetoric” is a critical response to the conditions and prospects of contemporary art practice and human experience.

John Bowman’s paintings and drawings have been featured in many solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Among them were exhibitions at various venues in New York City, including The Holly Solomon Gallery, Lang O’Hara Gallery, and The Tibor de Nagy Gallery. His work has also been exhibited at The Curt Marcus Gallery in New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, The Queens Museum, The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. His most recent exhibition, “More,” opened February 20th at The Winston Wachter Gallery in New York .

Bowman has taught at the New York Academy of Art, and is presently an Associate Professor of Art at Pennsylvania State University.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Times Square Church Seeks Bare Butts Ad Ban

Times Square Ad with Naked Derrieres Faces a Judges Scrutiny

by Sewell Chan, New York Times

At what point do buttocks — no matter how cheerfully presented, and in the service of selling a bathroom fixture moreover — become too tasteless for public display?

That is the question facing a Manhattan judge, as Anemona Hartocollis reports today. The Times Square Church, an interdenominational congregation established in 1987, filed a lawsuit last month to block a billboard advertisement showing a row of naked derrières from going up on the side of 1657 Broadway, a Times Square office tower where the church is a tenant....

The church vehemently argues that having the ad hover over Times Square would be unacceptable. In a five-page affidavit [pdf], Neil Rhodes, the church’s associate pastor, wrote:

It is instantaneously obvious that this advertisement is too indecent for public display. It consists principally of photographs of the nude back sides of several people. It is certainly unsuited for public exposure to children, and antithetical to the values of our congregation and church. That anyone thought it suited for display on a church building is astonishing.

Van Wagner, the outdoor advertising company that was trying to put the ad up, replied with a 24-page memo [pdf] in which its lawyer, Adam C. Silverstein, adamantly disputed that the ad was inappropriate. He wrote:

....The Times Square Church is entitled to find the advertisement distasteful and objectionable. But it is not entitled — under the plain terms of its lease or the common law of nuisance it invokes — to dictate the contents of the advertisements that appear on the building it occupies.

To see the complete story, click here

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Art Opportunity: Caribana in Toronto, Canada

A member of barebrush has an opportunity to share

July 15 Entry Deadline

Mahogany Essence is proud to announce their first inaugural exhibition to
be held at the Lennox Contemporary Gallery in Toronto, Ontario on August
1st, 2007 - August 5th, 2007.

We are looking for the best figure artwork of women of African origin. We
encourage all artists, whether established or emerging, to submit works
for consideration. Eligible media is all 2D artwork including: paintings,
drawings, fine art prints, photography, computer-generated prints, and
mixed media.

This exhibition is set to coincide with the Toronto's largest Caribbean
festival, Caribana, held over that same period. Over 1 million visitors
travel to Toronto for this festival giving us an amazing opportunity to
reach a wide number of people.

To see the website, click here
To download the prospectus and entry form, click here

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Art News: Call for Entries -- Artists Invited to participate in N*des-of-the-Month August 2007...

curated by art historian and researcher, Della Clason Sperling, Salmagundi Club, NYC

Deadline July 22. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Della Clason Sperling, art historian and researcher, the Salmagundi Club, New York, for the August 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – July 3, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Della Clason Sperling of the Salmagundi Club in New York City will select and curate the August 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the August 2007 calendar is July 22. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before July 22 to be eligible for the August exhibition. Artists are strongly encouraged to upload their entries early and avoid being closed out due to overflow in the closing days of the contest.

About Della Clason Sperling

Della Clason Sperling earned a doctorate in Art History with a specialization in Late Nineteenth-Century Victorian Painting from Columbia University. Her dissertation was: “Enigma and Narrative: The Late Paintings of William Quiller Orchardson (Scottish, 1832-1910).” She worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, cataloguing the Nineteenth-Century Paintings in the Department of European Paintings for eleven years. Della headed the Provenance Research Project for nineteenth-century paintings, reviewing history of ownership for possible seizure during World War II, and she help to institute a relational database for the department. Della was a contributor to the exhibition catalogue, From Van Eyck to Brueghel: Early Netherlandish Paintings in the Metropolitan Museum. She also does private research for other scholars, and and is USPAP certified in Appraisal Studies. Della is currently cataloguing the art collection of the Salmagundi Club.


When asked to provide some insight into her ideas for the August calendar, Della wrote,

"Art that will appeal most to my eye and sensibility will have implications of
narrative, because to me we each exist within an unfolding story-line, whether
or not we choose to read it. I will be expecially interested in work that is able to suggest something about the circumstances surrounding the pose and place the figure of the nude in a larger narrative context."

Ilene Skeen, barebrush.com founder and CEO says,

"Della Clason Sperling comes to barebrush with an art historian's perspective.
Her sensibility of the importance of narrative takes visual art to the next
level -- the level of critique and scholarship. I'm excited for this challenge,
that Della encourages us to think of our art as having an historical context --
the art of the nude in this, our generation, in the 21st century. The August
2007 N*des-of-the-Month will be the twelfth in the barebrush series. How
fitting that barebrush completes its first year with an eye on history."

To see the complete call for entries, click here

Friday, June 29, 2007

July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month

New York, NY – June 29, 2007 – Barebrush.com announces the publication of July 2007, the eleventh calendar in the barebrush.com N*des-of-the-Month series. It was curated by Alberto Magnan founder and director of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemporary, two galleries in New York’s Chelsea art district. The 31 artworks (one for each day of the month) were selected from over 300 entries. N*des-of-the-Month July 2007 is in previews for members only and viewable by the public beginning July 1, 2007 at www.barebrush.com.

About the Artists in the N*des-of-the-Month July 2007 calendar:

Alberto Magnan especially liked the photography entries. He chose Spanish photographic artist, Laila Escartin for the honor of both launching and closing July in a blaze of red heat. Other artists he also favored are Jean Marcellino (New York) and Hector Olvera (Mexico). Donna Cleary (New York) and Gerard Elleboudt (Belgium) each got an especially enthusiastic nod from Alberto as he selected their pieces.

The artists represented (with day of month in parentheses) are: Donna Cleary (6), Denise deGoumois (25), Gerard Elleboudt (18), Laila Escartin (1, 30, 31), Tony Lee (15), Lucinda Luvaas (7, 8), Jean Marcellino (2-5), Chris Miller (26), Linda Moses (14), Ephraim Natkins (21, 22), Hector Olvera (9-12), Peter Ramon (16, 17), Emily Rich (23), Clare Shepherd (27), Ilene Skeen (28, 29), Jack Sullivan (13), Randy Thurman (20), Haydee Torres (24), Yukako (19).

For the complete press release, click here

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Richard Pionk -- April 26th, 1936 - June 5th, 2007

Richard Pionk, the much-loved President of Salmagundi Club died on Tuesday, June 5th, in New York City. He was 71. Mr. Pionk, a talented artist, a revered teacher and engaging wit, guided the Club for the last 13 years.

The members of Salmagundi, and so many others, join in sorrow at the loss, and yet, gather strength through shared memories of Richard and his love of the classical form. The Club benefited from his tireless attempts to get others to share that commitment through membership. If, in the end, his life radiated a sturdy sense of self, in the beginning as a young man, his path was not that clear.

According to his sister, Audrey Rustad, Richard left the family farm in Kerrick, Minnesota, for the Navy, and left the Navy for the Franciscan Monastery in St. Joseph, Missouri. An excellent, dedicated student, Richard was ready to take his vows. Yet, when the Brothers gathered for a last meeting, they decided that Richard had fallen more in love with art than with the church. Richard left for New York and for a life as an artist.

Gary Erbe, honored at the last President’s dinner, testified to Richard’s continuing love of art. Gary said Richard had a passion for collecting, particularly drawings, and a love for fellow artists. But particularly of teaching: “He mastered many mediums, but his language of painting was simple. So his students learned quickly.” Toward the end of his life, Richard, known to his friends as Dick, was faithful to his responsibilities, and never let his own difficulties get in the way. Gary quoted him: “I need it; I have to be out there, teaching my students.”

Featured in many magazines, exhibitions and books, and recipient of many (over one hundred) awards, * Richard was inducted into the Pastel Hall of Fame in 1997. His painting of an Asian woman hangs in the permanent collection of the Butler Institute of American Art. His classes at the Art Student’s League and at Salmagundi were regularly over-subscribed.

We were lucky to have Richard Pionk as our President and as our friend.

The Salmagundi Club

Richard Pionk curated the barebrush October 2006 N*des-of-the-Month calendar. He was supportive and enthusiastic toward the barebrush concept. I will always be grateful for his kindness, wisdom and understanding.

Ilene Skeen

To see the entire article, click here

To visit the Richard Pionk memorial web site, click here

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Lucinda Luvaas, “Something’s Old and Something’s New”


Lucinda Luvaas

“Something’s Old and Something’s New”

Mixed Media Solo Exhibition
Curated by Catherine Lugo
Closing Reception: Friday, June 8, 6-10pm(Screening of new videos at Closing Reception)

The Continental Gallery 408 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 (On the corner of Fourth and Spring Street; easy parking across the street)

Some of the nudes that are on barebrush are in this exhibition!

Monday, June 04, 2007

Call for Entries -- Alberto Magnan of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemporary to curate July N*des-of-the-Month

Deadline June 21. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Alberto Magnan of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contempory, Chelsea, New York, for the July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – June 4, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Alberto Magnan of Magnan Projects and Magnan Emrich Contemporary in the Chelsea art district of New York City will select and curate the July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the July 2007 calendar is June 21. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before June 21 to be eligible for the June exhibition.

About Magnan Projects, Magnan Emrich Contemporary and Alberto Magnan

Magnan Projects was founded in May 2005 by Alberto Magnan and is managed with his partner Dara Metz. The gallery exhibits artists of diverse international backgrounds working in a broad range of medium. Magnan and Metz work closely with their artists assisting with fabrication and installation projects as well as promoting the artwork through collaborations with various institutions, organizations and corporations.

For over a decade, Alberto Magnan has sought out and developed the careers of cutting edge emerging and mid-career artists. After having established one of the first Chelsea galleries in 1997, Magnan left, in 2000, to pursue a career as an independent art advisor, taking collectors on international tours as well as filming a documentary on Cuban art. He decided to return to the gallery world in 2005. Dara Metz brings over fifteen years of experience in contemporary arts and design. She has worked in numerous galleries in New York City and as an independent curator and consultant to museums and non-profit organizations in the arts. Metz holds a Masters degree in Art History.

Magnan Emrich Contemporary was established by art dealer Alberto Magnan and his business partner Ed Emrich in 2006. The Gallery is dedicated to showcasing contemporary Latin-American art and special projects. In addition to establishing its own program, the Gallery invites guest curators to inject new concepts and knowledge of Latin-American art. Alberto Magnan continually searches for new and exciting artists in an effort to expose Latin-American arts and culture to a wider audience.

When asked about his expectations and what he would like to see from the artists for the barebrush July calendar, Alberto stated: “ I am looking for nudes that are portrayed in the most cutting-edge, non-traditional ways. I want to see the extent to which artists are playing with nudes in both concept, design, and materials."

Ilene Skeen, barebrush.com founder and CEO says, "Alberto Magnan's shows are always provocative and on the edge. He once told me that he is very cautious about getting aboard a trend -- he likes to make sure it is going to last. I am thrilled that Alberto has agreed to be guest curator for our July 2007 N*des-of-the-Month calendar and I am eager to see barebrush artists take up his challenge."

To see the complete call for entries including gallery addresses, click here

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Barebrush Announces 10th N*des-of-the-Month Calendar

Curated by Kim Foster of Kim Foster Gallery, the June calendar combines a sense of humor with a sense of adventure in this classic art form. "It's a calendar," she said, "have fun with it."

Art News: Barebrush CEO -- "It's OKAY to enjoy the art of the nude"

New York, NY -- May 31, 2007 -- Barebrush.com announces the publication of its tenth monthly calendar, June N*des-of-the-Month, curated by Kim Foster of Kim Foster Gallery in NYC. The June calendar, 30 artworks (one for each day of the month) by 26 artists was selected from 333 entries submitted by 63 artists world wide. The virtual show includes painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and drawing. N*des-of-the-Month June 2007 is in previews for members only and viewable by the public beginning June 1, 2007 at www.barebrush.com.

Barebrush, the video, can be seen at the website and also at the popular video site, youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4_cNpkBi6I). CEO Ilene Skeen says, “With the use of video, it’s as if I can tell everyone personally, it’s not pornography, it’s the nude: it’s OKAY to enjoy the art of the nude.”

About Kim Foster and Kim Foster Gallery

Since Kim Foster opened her gallery in 1994 in Soho, she has been known for an adventurous independent vision. She was among the first to migrate to the Chelsea art district where her gallery has occupied the ground floor space in the 529 West 20th Arts Building since 1998.

The gallery has a reputation for exhibiting thoughtful works that are intellectually challenging while maintaining a raw visual appeal. Although there is a great variety in the work of Kim Foster Gallery's artists, there also is a haunting elegance to her exhibitions that exemplifies the gallery's aesthetic. That elegance permeates Foster's affinity for obsessive and eccentric sculpture built from an assemblage of often minutely constructed parts, and requiring massive hand labor.

Kim Foster's vision is focused on enabling her artists to explore and evolve in their extraordinarily different ways, but with remarkable coherence within the gallery's aesthetic.

About the Artists and the Show:

True to character, Kim chose Kasper Holten's stoneware, china and string sculpture, Adventures, to launch the June 2007 calendar. "It's a calendar," she said, "have fun with it."
Kim chose Antonio Petracca's giclee print, Sleep with the Fishes, (June 2nd) from his show, Pompeii Overlay Tagged, as her jury of selection.

June N*des-of-the-Month artists (with day of the month): Oudi Arroni (13), Sebastien Aurillon (18), Stephan Beyst (23), Lia Chechelashvili (29), Roger Cummiskey (14), Dulcie Dee (30), James Dinverno (20, 21), Octavian Florescu (25), Esther Pacht Goldstein (22), Kasper Holten (1), John Woodrow Kelley (19), Nina Kuriloff (27), Tony Lee (26), Jean Marcellino (9), Dan McCormack (8), Jacqui Morgan (7), Hector Olvera (17), Antonio Petracca (2), Peter Ramon (15, 16), Joost Reemus (4), Emily Rich (5, 6), Pedro Ramon Rodriguez (28), Chanit Roston (10), William Stephen Rothstein (11, 12), Ilene Skeen (24), Randy Thurman (3).

This information was released through Mass Media Distribution Newswire to journalists and editors via email, and fax. To see the complete document, including site statistics, click here

Friday, May 11, 2007

Who will be remembered as the art icons of the 21st century?

Discovering the extraordinary (and being part of it)
Excerpted by Ilene Skeen

Monkdogz Urban Art is featured in La Revista Mensual Del Siglo XXI
The 21st Century Monthly Magazine

As barebrush afficianados know, Monkdogz curated the March 2007 N*des-of-the-Month calendar for barebrush. Although barebrush is dedicated exclusively to the art of the nude, I feel there are strong parallels in commitment and energy. Here are some excerpts from the article about the gallery, which celebrated its 1st anniversary in March as well:

When asked about the gallery’s future plans Robert Hogge was heard to say “We’re going to raise the barometer. We didn’t come here to be just another gallery in New York. We came to be very innovative and we are driven to accomplish that mission”.

“This is the venue for the ‘art icons of the 21st Century’ in traditional, contemporary abstraction and over-the-top images…..so, fasten your seatbelts!!”

At the Monkdogz website NOW is a call for entries for "Heat" (The Next Tortured Genius 2). The entry deadline is June 3rd. Here's the intro:

Like most reputable galleries throughout the world, Monkdogz Urban Art Inc., in the Chelsea District of New York City is looking to the future of art. We also realize on some level that we are in a unique position to help create tomorrow's art realities. We are on an international search for artists whose work is driven by talent, desire, impact, imagination and a sense of purpose.

To see the magazine article on line, click here.

For the prospectus for "Heat", click here.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Humanity Unclothed in Mexico

ABC Newsonline. Photo from Reuters.

About 18,000 people have posed nude for US photographer Spencer Tunick in Mexico City's Zocalo Square, setting a new record for the American artist known for snapping his subjects in the buff.

Thousands of naked volunteers formed a giant mosaic of flesh for Mr Tunick, who far exceeded his own previous record of 7,000 nude models set in Barcelona.

"All eyes are looking south from the United States to Mexico City to see how a country can be free and treat the human body with happiness and not as pornography or as a crime," Mr Tunick said.

According to a preliminary count by organisers, more than 18,000 people participated in the photo shoot held in the city's vast Zocalo Square, the third largest in the world.

Mr Tunick had the throng of volunteers of all ages pose in the foetal position and give a salute to an imaginary flag within sight of the capital's main cathedral and National Palace.

"It was a work of art, a political statement and at the same time an act of love with our bodies," said university student Juan Lagos.

It took Mr Tunick's associates five years to secure permission for the shoot, in which the Roman Catholic cathedral on the square and the Mexican flag will not appear.

Mr Tunick has carried out similar photo sessions in Australia, Belgium, France, Britain, Canada and the United States.

In 1994 he was arrested in Manhattan after a nude model posed for him in broad daylight.
- AFP

This is the complete story, but to see the original, click here.

For more about Spencer Tunick, click here.