Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Never Too Nude -- BAREBRUSH Makes Another Big Score

Art of the Nude: February Calendar Released -- Website Traffic Up 135%

National press release through MMDnewswire

Barebrush.com scores 250,000+ hits, in contest for N*des-of-the-Month for February 2007.

New York, NY – January 30, 2007 – Site traffic grows exponentially as website, barebrush.com, dedicated to the art of the nude, announces the online publication of N*des-of-the-Month February 2007, its sixth virtual calendar cum art show. The exhibition was curated by New York artist and teacher, Jeffrey L. Berman. The calendar is in previews to members only and viewable by the public beginning February 1, 2007.

“In December we had record volume (106,000 hits) and I was thrilled. In January, those records were shattered (250,000+ hits). I’m also delighted with the excellence of the art and the variety of styles and viewpoints that the site is receiving—all of the art strictly focused on the nude,” says CEO Ilene Skeen. “The site is being hit by artist links, naturist links and sex sites as well. Interest in the art of the nude is strong. We’ve have passed 500,000 hits since site inception in late July. I want people to know that it’s OKAY to enjoy the art of the nude.”....

February N*des-of-the-Month artists (with day of the month): Corrie Ancone (20), Oudi Arroni (8), Margaret Cherubin (22), Frank Cordelle (9), Denise deGournois (21), Rune Froseth (23), Sylvia Hennequin (12), Michael Hennessy (26), Alex Knowlton (6), Nina Kuriloff (14), Jean Marcellino (10, 11), Lael Marshall (18), Scott Michael (24), Lenny Moskowitz (25), Ephraim Natkins (19), Frank Olesen (5), Jon Rettich (15), B. B. Richardson (2, 27), Jennie Rosenbaum (7), Chanit Roston (28), Charles Schindler (1), Ilene Skeen (13), Emily Stedman (17), Marina Zobova (16). For the jury of selection, Jeff Berman included two of his mixed-media dance pieces (3, 4)

To view the entire press release, click here

Monday, January 29, 2007

Drawing Workshop NYC Resumes 1/31

SVA (School of Visual Arts) weekly open studio nude figure drawing workshop resumes this Wednesday. This workshop is open to all artists (you do not have to be an SVA student, alumn or even a New Yorker). It is a short pose session (20 minute segments, starting with 1 minute poses and progressing to 20 minute poses).

This workshop features two models, variety each time, sometimes MF, FF, MM. Models are encouraged to talk to each other, which is a challenge for the artists, but it keeps the models engaged and therefore better subjects than if they were sitting alone, mute and thinking about the difficulties of getting their laundry done in NYC, or such.

Location: 133 W 21st. Street (between 6 & 7 Aves).
12th Floor, Rm 1200. Enter @ 133 Elevator
Every Wednesday 6:30 to 9:30 PM

Small tables to work on
(come early, it can get crowded).
$6 per THREE HOUR SESSION (cash only)

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Free Speech in the Ivory Tower -- African Nudes OKAY, White Nudes NO

Here are the highlights of an article by the editorial board of Pipe Dream, Binghamton University's free word on campus (State University of New York).

Editorial: Browse freely
By The Editorial Board

....One BU student responded to last semester’s controversial exhibit in the University Art Gallery — which displayed photos of African women, many nude — by posting her own parallel exhibit, featuring nude white women, on the Web. Hours later she received notification that she was suspended from her University Internet privileges and her “exhibit” was being censored....

Last semester the University stood behind the director of the University Art Gallery and trumpeted freedom of speech, a right they exercised in showing the controversial exhibit. Is it really asking so much for them to extend the same courtesy to their students?....

Anyone who supported the gallery’s right to show the controversial exhibit should support a student’s right to voice their opinion and speak out against the exhibit … and therefore anyone now supporting the jilted student’s right to post her views should also accept that the museum had the right to show the exhibit.

That’s the funny thing about free speech — if you want it yourself (and we all do; no one runs around yelling, “Censor me, please!”), you have to respect everyone else’s right to it, whether you agree with them or not.

So how about dropping a bit of that good ole ivory tower hypocrisy, BU, and instead allowing your students the same rights that you allow your faculty … and the same rights we’re sure you expect for yourselves?

To read the complete article, click here

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Too Nude -- NOT

Those of you who have visited the barebrush network, will doubly understand the humor in my version of the title of this post.

Middletown art teacher Panse will return to classroom

By Kristina Wells
Times Herald-Record

Middletown [NY] — A year, half a dozen days of testimony, and untold amounts of taxpayers' money later, Middletown High School art teacher Peter Panse gets a 15-day suspension without pay and will return to the classroom by mid-February.

School district officials sought to fire Panse, who has tenure, accusing him of bringing sex into his high school classroom and violating district policy by offering students a figures drawing class — which would include the use of nude models — off campus and for his profit.

An administrative law judge who heard testimony over the course of four sporadic months ruled Jan. 8 that Panse did violate the no-solicitation policy, but that the district failed to prove the teacher's talk of nude-model drawing rose to the level of sexual inappropriateness [emphasis added]. In his ruling, Joel M. Douglas found that the testimony of some of the district's key witnesses was "evasive, vague and ambiguous."

To see the complete article, click here

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

February Nudes Calendar Snafu Due to Google Malfunction

If you do not see your recently uploaded art in the barebrush 'Art Log' yet, it will be live in the next several days and part of the March calendar contest.

Dear Member,

When I put out my several calls for entries this past weekend, I had no idea how enthusiastically many of you would are respond. Thank you for your excellence, creativity and variety of images which you have uploaded to barebrush. Thanks also to the new members from all over the world who uploaded wonderful work at barebrush for the very first time.

However, my call worked too well. Unfortunately, the 'Art Log' could not be updated today because Google shut down the posting function when a volume threshold was crossed. Google interprets a large volume of posts as indicating spam. I am working to have this cleared.

There is no problem with the barebrush uploader program. There is also no problem with the listing detail pages. These are contained within the barebrush site. All of your posts and images are being captured and held in the barebrush uploader database. This message just means that if your art is not already visible in the 'Art Log', when it is visible, it will be eligible for the March calendar contest. If you posted extended listings today, your art will be eligible for both the March and April calendars.

It may be a day or two until you see your posts. The 30-day listing period (or the 60-day extended listing period) begins when the post is live on the 'Art Log'. I will send you a confirming email at that time.

I am truly sorry about this inconvenience. Thank you for your patience. I am working to prevent this situation from happening again.


Ilene Skeen

Saturday, January 20, 2007

France divided over nude-free Louvre in Gulf

Jason Burke in Paris
The Observer [observer.guardian.co.uk]

The Louvre is to lend its name and its masterpieces to a new museum in Abu Dhabi for a fee approaching half a billion pounds. Officials from the Paris museum will fly out this week to complete the controversial deal with the emirate's royal family.

Some of the art in the new Louvre, with its facade the colour of sand, will be chosen to avoid offending local religious sensibilites. The museum will be on Saadiyat Island, 500 yards off the coast of the island on which Abu Dhabi sits. A £15bn construction programme will convert a sand spit into a commercial, residential, and cultural centre over 15 years. One project announced is a local Guggenheim museum, dedicated to contemporary art. The £250m building has been designed by architect Frank Gehry.

Opponents claim the government and the director of the Louvre are 'prostituting culture'. 'The nation can afford to pay for its museums, or it should make sure it can afford its museums,' said Didier Rykner, who has organised a petition against the project that has more than 4,000 signatures. 'You wouldn't ask the military to rent out one of its aircraft carriers if it needed some cash.'

Others have raised the prospect of a Muslim state objecting to key works of Western art, such as nudes. Officials at the Louvre say the Abu Dhabi museum will not present works that may cause offence, but will maintain a collection representative of Western European art.

This post is the complete text from the Observer. To see the reference article, click here

Friday, January 19, 2007

Artistic license -- Nudes & Controversy

New York painter takes on race, religion and society’s hostility to male nudity in Atlanta show

By Ryan Lee Friday, January 19, 2007 [sovo.com, Atlanta, GA]

MICHAEL DAVID KNOWS A CREATIVE mind can be dangerous and painful if it is uncontrolled, if instead of channeling or tempering its array of ideas, it is allowed to freely release its ambitious chaos into the world.The New York-based artist — whose latest provocative exhibit, “Requiem for a Gangster,” opens Jan. 19 at the gay-owned Lowe Gallery in Buckhead — was once the victim of his own mind’s creative excess.....

Lowe says that David’s work maintains a shocking edge that still motivates viewers to think about the deeper issues behind the images. The gallery owner says it is out of vogue to present exhibitions just for controversy’s sake, but David’s collection does include several nude photographs and paintings that Lowe considers the most sensitive pieces in the exhibit.“The images on the cross have a sexual charge that will cause people to feel a little squirmy,” Lowe says of pieces that replace the traditional construct of Jesus on the cross with photos of a crucified nude black man and white woman....

“How many breasts have we seen in the history of movies and how many penises have we seen? It’s still so taboo,” David says.

To see the complete article, click here

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

The Art of the Nude: All in the Family

This is a story about a high school senior in Syracuse, NY, who is coming to the Big Apple in the fall to go to the School of Visual Arts where he'll major in photography. His hometown paper, the Post-Standard, reported that the student, Brett Messenger, recently had a solo show at his high school and won an award for his portfolio from Scholastic.

The interesting part of the story, for barebrush, is the following quote from the young photographer:

My 87-year-old grandmother is one of my favorite models. She's got a lot of personality in her body language, and her face.

My most shocking image is a nude photograph I did of my grandmother. It's very discreet, but it's something that showcases her.

Now I'm sure that many people would be horrified at the idea of a teenager photographing his grandmother in the nude, and that is why I'm including this story at barebrush.

What do you think? Comments welcome.

There are comments on this post. To see the comments or make your own comments, click on the post title (above).

To read the original story, click here

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Nude vs. naked: uncovered

[barebrush Art News & Events blogged the Nudes International 2007 call for entries, way back in September and Ilene Skeen, artist and creator of the barebrush website, is very proud to be included in the exhibition with her 'abstract nude' piece, "Five Nudes and a Puddle." To see her piece, click here ]

In the interests of full disclosure -- or is that exposure? -- we explain the difference and why Lexington is comfortable with the former.

By Jamie Gumbrecht
Herald-Leader Staff Writer [Lexington, KY]

Proper and gracious as we are, Lexington is a pretty OK place to be a piece of nude artwork.

The Lexington Art League's annual Nude International opens this weekend with 97 pieces at the Loudoun House. Those pieces were whittled from 840 submitted by 224 artists. Those painters, sculptors, photographers and mixed-media mavens come from 35 states, Washington, D.C., Russia, Sweden and Canada. Why did so many of them pick Lexington? Because we know how to treat a nude: with respect, big crowds and only the occasional complaint.....

Lexington has been nude-watching for 21 years

The Nude International, often touted as the premier show for nude art in the United States, started as a show among friends. Lexington Art Leaguers in figure drawing classes realized they were amassing nude art collections, but nobody had seen them. Twenty-one years ago, they put them all together for the first exhibition. By 2001, the show had grown more competitive and relied on out-of-town jurors to select the works. Two years ago, it went from being called The Nude to Nude International, signifying worldwide interest in a the once-local nude art show in Kentucky.

To see the entire article, click here

Friday, January 12, 2007

This Would Be Absurd If It Weren't So Pathetic

An art teacher paints with his butt. He got fired from his job by a Virginia school board. The first story I read the author was an 'army wife' who was convinced that the art teacher deserved to be fired because he was disruptive. Click here for that one.

The second post I found represented that "being a teacher doesn't mean he gives up individual rights, but it does mean that he carries a huge responsiblity." The author of this post considers himself a reformer and it appears that what is being 'reformed' is the First Amendment. Click here for that one.

But if you really want to know what this is about -- watch the video -- and decide for yourself. I should warn you -- it will not appeal to your purient interests -- it is perfectly innocuous. Click here for that one.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Protest for the Rights of Full Ragdoll Nudity

If you think Americans are hung up simply on human nudity, think again. This story continues the saga of a Philadelphia law firm with a Washington DC office which found CROCHETED NUDE SCULPTURE offensive. The sculpture included humans, monkeys and goats with (ooh) body parts.

When they told her the work was "offensive", the artist, Ming Yi Sung, neatly solved the problem by crocheting and attaching fig leaves which the erstwhile complainants peeked under to see if the offending genitalia was still in evidence.

The incident created a huge fuss in DC in 2005 and Saturday, January 20th, the Nevin Kelly Gallery will premiere a documentary film about the controversy, "Public Art, Private Parts" in conjunction with an exhibition of works by the artist, including the one at the center of the controversy, "Settlement with Monkeys."

To see the complete story, click here.

Barebrush, the naked one with the daily newspaper

Following is an automatic (and rough) translation of commentary from a French website about barebrush.com.

When the art of naked is put at the service of the daily newspaper through an Internet site, there is inevitably what to exceed waitings in term of audience. Thus, a young person start-up newyorkaise has just announced the publication of “N*des-of-the-Month”, a virtual, sexy and free calendar where painters (or photographers) come to expose their creations to the daily newspaper. History to promote works in the most effective and direct way possible… Here an original idea for an erotic, virtual and artistic calendar at the same time. To provide to the artists the possibility of exposing a work of naked per day. With this new concept "" N*des-of-the-Month ", the creators of the Barebrush site show the way to be followed for the artists in order to promote their work.

Knowing that the naked one is indeed a subject which interests much the Net surfers, the start-up decided to exploit the niche in the most original way. It is thus about a kind of a window of erotic art through an electronic calendar. For much of artist, the site is a real opportunity since the concept does not require any commission. Like a simple contest, it is only enough to pass the selection, however demanding…

To see the French website with the complete article, click here

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Jeff Berman Included in Butler Institute Exhibit Honoring PSA Founder

Jeff Berman, who will curate the February "N*des-of-the-Month” calendar for barebrush.com, will have his work, “The Side Show” in "THE FIGURE IN PASTEL- A TRIBUTE TO FLORA B. GIFUNI" exhibition at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown Ohio.

Flora B. Gifuni founded the Pastel Society of America in 1972. This invitational exhibit includes the premier pastellists in America and runs from February 4 to March 25, 2007.

Congratulations Jeff!

To read our call for entries and Jeff Berman's qualifications and other successes, click here

To see the schedule for the N*des-of-the-Month February calendar, click here

Monday, January 08, 2007

Art News: Call for Entries--N*des-of-the-Month February 2007--Virtual Show with Mounting Traffic and Interest

Deadline January 23. All visual artists are encouraged to submit art of the nude to the barebrush.com for selection by Jeffrey Berman, widely-exhibited digital artist, painter, pastelist, photographer, writer and art teacher for the February 2007 N*des-of-the-Month exhibition.

New York, NY – January 8, 2007. barebrush.com announces today that Jeffrey Berman, artist, photographer, teacher, life member of the Art Students League, and director of Visual Concepts for the International Dance Festival, will select and curate the February 2007 N*des-of-the-Month virtual exhibition. The entry deadline for the February 2007 calendar is January 23. Art must be uploaded to barebrush.com on or before January 23rd to be eligible for the February exhibition. Traffic at barebrush.com continues to mount as nearly 70,000 hits are recorded for the first week in January.

To read the entire call for entries and link to Jeff Berman's bio and web page, click here

Art association will move, not remove, nude painting

North Country Times --- NCTimes.com--- TheCalifornian

By: BRADLEY J. FIKES - Staff Writer

POWAY ---- A prize-winning nude painting on display by the Rancho Bernardo Art Association is going to get a little less exposure.

The oil painting of a woman drying off after her bath will be moved upstairs, said Susan Bainbridge, chairperson of the "Artists and Friends" exhibit, held at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts.....

"As artists, we strongly object, but we're going to compromise and move it upstairs," said Marlene Levitt, president of the art association. "We're going to move it, not remove it."

To see the entire article, click here

Friday, January 05, 2007

Calendrier sexy et artistique !

[Sexy and artistic calendar--trans. barebrush.com got a wonderful review from a French website, misteractu.com. They even reproduced four of the images: Hans Behan, Jacqui Morgan, Nina Kuriloff & Emily Stedman. Congratulations to these artists. Here is the text of their article. The link is below.]

Barebrush.com est ce que l'on appelle une start-up. Et son créneau est tout à fait original. Plutôt que de faire dans les nouvelles technologies ou le service, elle a décidé de se consacrer exclusivement à l'art du nu ! Des dizaines de milliers de visiteurs viennent ainsi tous les mois découvrir ce que les artistes référencés par l'entreprise ont de beau à présenter.

Et en janvier, c'est le calendrier qu'ils plébisciteront ! Car sur ce dernier, tous les jours de la semaine ont une photo ou un dessin qui leur est propre... De quoi se lever toujours du bon pied ! On voit ainsi défiler au fil des pages des photos, des croquis ou des peintures de filles très sexy qui ne demandent qu'une seule chose : trouver preneur !

Au-delà de l'aspect calendrier, qui lui est gratuit pour les Internautes, les oeuvres exposées sur le site sont en vente. C'est ce qui permet à Barebrush.com de vivre et de continuer à proposer du contenu érotique gratuit à tous les amoureux des belles plantes.

A noter pour finir, qu'il existe sur le site une version du calendrier imprimable semaine après semaine... Sympa, non ?

To see the complete article with images, click here

It's only Human

Of The Patriot-News

The human form is the gateway to art, according to Art Association of Harrisburg President Carrie Wissler-Thomas.

"Knowing anatomy and knowing how to draw the figure is the basis of all art," Wissler-Thomas said. "The human form is really what mankind bases his world around. It's how we know the correct proportions for furniture and for our homes."

The Association's annual "Figuratively Speaking" exhibition, which opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, presents human bodies in treatments ranging from traditional nudes to modern abstracts.

For the complete article, click here

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Bad News / Good News Department at barebrush.com, dedicated to the Art of the Nude

Just when the barebrush website is taking off (drum roll please) -- 100,000+ hits in December and 25,000+ hits for the first 3 days of January (that's the good news), gremlins at the Gallery Guide have omitted the barebrush ad from the January issue (shock & dismay). In case you haven't seen it, here it is on the left.

The good news is they've promised to make it up to us with a double-sized ad in February -- so get your posts in soon and check out the optional extras. With the double contest entry your post is automatically considered for two N*des-of-the-Month juried shows (60-day post - right now it would be February and March). Your personal page template allows you to set up your art with both a fixed section for your bio and artist statement, while leaving the description on the detail page specific to the particular artwork. A brag page is the perfect way to send a link of all your barebrush work to friends, family, colleagues and collectors.

I'm working on the call for entries for February and I think you'll be as impressed as I am when you read our next curator's bio.

The official call for entries will be posted January 8th.

To find out more about optional extras, click here

Art News: Startup website with 100,000+ hits celebrates the art of the nude

Due to the holiday, the national press release came out January 3, 2007 (and I know about the typo).

Virtual exhibition attracting more traffic launches N*des-of-the-Month for January 2007.

New York, NY – January 3, 2007 -- barebrush.com announces the publication of N*des-of-the-Month January 2007, the fifth virtual calendar cum art show, as site traffic grows exponentially. The exhibition was curated by Chelsea art dealer, Miyako Yoshinaga, founder and director of M.Y. Art Prospects. The calendar is in previews to members only and viewable to the public beginning January 7, 2007.

To see the complete press release at the newswire website, click here.