Now Gagosian, an empire in the world of art dealing, displays the new world of nude paintings. One of their Manhattan branches (980 Madison Avenue gagosian ) exhibits "Nude - From Modigliani To Currin". The show focuses on modern and contemporary artists and their interpretation of the human body. I was impressed how many famous art works the gallery had amassed and I am very grateful that admission was free and I could take as many pictures I want.
To Entertain & To Provoke
Great American Nude
On top of this paragraph you can see Roy Lichtenstein`s view on the female body. His "Nude with Abstract Painting" (1994, Oil and Magna on canvas) is followed by"Nude with Bust (Study)" (1995, Tape, marker, painted and printed paper on board).
Above another representative of pop art: Tom Wesselmann`s "Great American nude #44" (1967, Acrylic and paper collage on board with radiator. telephone, coat, framed picture and door) where he mixes different styles.
Some artists disguised the nudes with abstract compositions. Pablo Picasso`s "Jouer de flute et femme nue" (1970, Oil on canvas) & Willem De Kooning`s "Untitled" (c. 1966, Oil on paper).
Rene Magritte chose the surreal approach he is famous for: "LÉmbellie" (1942, Oil on canvas) plus "Clairvoyance" (1965, Gouche, colored with pastel pencils on paper).
Power & Muscles
Francis Bacon, a super star of contemporary art, displays his lust for power & muscles: "Two Figures on a Couch" (1967, Oil on Canvas) & "Figure Turning" (1962, Oil on canvas).
Wow, Glenn Brown "After Life" (2009, Oil on panel, 54 174 x 45 inches, 137.8 x 114.3 cm). The British artist is a real discovery (glenn-brown). I want to see more by him.
You Can Keep Your Hat On
Other artists show humor as well: "Untitled (de Kooning)" by Richard Prince (Ink Jet, oil crayon, and acrylic on canvas) & Jean-Michel Basquiat`s "Untitled" (1981, Acrylic, oil stick, marker, and pencil on canvas).
Think Outside The Box
Other artists preferred realistic & explicit images: The German artist Martin Kippenberger created "Untitled" (1981, Acrylic on canvas). Yes, this images doesn´t need a title.
David Hockney painted "The Room Tarzana (1967, Acrylic on canvas).
Charles Ray sculptured "Young Man" (2012, Solid stainless steel) and
the fertile Andy Warhol factory delivered "Walking Torso" (1977, Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas).
Obsessed With School Girls
I close this post with Jeff Koons` "Naked" (1988, Porcelain).
Studying art history can be fun. Enjoy!