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For each, he surrendered himself entirely to the gaze of others—much like the original nudes would have— handing off the responsibility of directing and snapping the photos to various friends, most of whom were women. For each of the twelve images, now on view at ClampArt , Samuels carefully reproduced the original photo, right down to the size and presentation of the prints themselves. The idea came about while the artist was an MFA student in the s, during which time he read seminal feminist texts on the male gaze. He chose the original photos based on those that had ingrained themselves most deeply in his memory, and prior to reproducing them, he spent time researching the techniques used by each artist. One of the most memorable aspects of the experience, says Samuels, was just how uncomfortable some of these poses were to hold. Mostly, it was just a matter of playing a role. Of course the images are humorous, but they also probe at the edges of something darker and more sinister about the ways in which the photograph has depicted—and perhaps misused— womankind. Before the Camera is on view at ClampArt until March 28, See all guides. Enter now.
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The nude figure is a tradition in Western art , and has been used to express ideals of male and female beauty and other human qualities. It was a central preoccupation of Ancient Greek art , and after a semi-dormant period in the Middle Ages returned to a central position in Western art with the Renaissance. Athletes, dancers, and warriors are depicted to express human energy and life, and nudes in various poses may express basic or complex emotions such as pathos. Unclothed figures often also play a part in other types of art, such as history painting , including allegorical and religious art , portraiture , or the decorative arts. Nude female figures called Venus figurines are found in the art of the Upper Palaeolithic , and in historical times, similar images represent fertility deities. Other significant non-Western traditions of depicting nudes come from India , and Japan, but the nude does not form an important aspect of Chinese art. Temple sculptures and cave paintings, some very explicit, are part of the Hindu tradition of the value of sexuality, and as in many warm climates partial or complete nudity was common in everyday life. Japan had a tradition of mixed communal bathing that existed until recently, and was often portrayed in woodcut prints.
Throughout the history of art, male artists have been lauding the female nude, taking pleasure in painting and sculpting unclothed women for centuries. From Venus appearing as an apparition from inside a scallop shell most famously by Botticelli , to the infamous reclining nude think Manet, Modigliani, Titian , it seems male artists have always had a thing for naked women. As we all know, women have not been treated kindly by art history. And, while women continued to study at their, they were only permitted to draw casts of nude figures and not the real thing in the flesh. They would have to wait 33 years to be allowed to draw from the male life model and even then he was made to wear a sheet of fabric around his waist. Fortunately since this backwards era, women have begun to begin to address the imbalance between their male counterparts. A true rebel, Michaelina Wautier is believed to be the first female artist to depict a male nude. It is said that she had excellent anatomical knowledge of the male body, and even worked with a life model — talk about trailblazer! Sylvia Sleigh is known for her highly stylised male nudes.