I remember standing electrified with awe in Florence years ago taking in a sculpture titled Laocoon by 16th century artist Baccio Bandinelli. It was my first encounter with his work and I wondered why I hadn’t read about him in my art history class before. Working on an enormous scale seemed to fit the monumentality of […]
Jeffrey Wiener, publisher of TheGreatNude.tv and an artist himself uses the APP Procreate on the iPad Air to make a movie from a Life Drawing featuring the model Jenny.
I found photographer Stefan Soell’s work on a nude model website. These shots taken at an exotic waterfall location present this beautiful, athletic model against the marvelous backdrop of this location. All are wonderful references for drawing the Nude.
Claudio Bravo: 1936 – 2011 Archive: 2011 As I opened the New York Times recently, I had the sad surprise to read about the death of Chilean artist Claudio Bravo. At only 74 years old, he succumbed to complications of epilepsy while living in his adopted country of Morocco. Claudio Bravo was a master ‘hyper […]
This being the 40th anniversary of the “Summer of Love”, and of the concert known as Woodstock, The Great Nude felt the need to highlight the nudes of Alice Neel, one of the most independent figurative artists of the twentieth century, and an artist who’s work at this time (1960’s) reflected some of the social […]
The Third Annual Governor’s Island Art Fair, organized by 4Heads, is a carnival-like event held each weekend on Governor’s Island during the month of September. Over one hundred exhibitors are using the rooms inside the former barracks of this U.S. Coast Guard property, their home in the middle of New York harbor up until only […]
(Republished for your enjoyment) With the Middle East in turmoil again – this time with Social Media fueled explosion called the Arab Spring – we hold our breaths and hope for a new openness in governance and hopefully social attitudes within the Arab world. Enter the art/literary magazine JASAD, which launched in 2008. The […]
Art Students League: Drawing Lessons The Art Students League has always had a special place in my heart. It is a drawer’s paradise. Since its creation in 1875, the Art Students League’s faculty and students have been contributors to the New York art scene. While this wonderful exhibition we saw last October is now in […]
David LaChapelle: American Jesus Paul Kasmin Gallery Sometimes it’s OK to bite the hand that feeds. Sometimes that hand has a masochist’s soul and will reward you greatly if you just dig in! David La Chapelle is one such pit bull now making waves in the contemporary art world with his current body of large […]
Lucien Freud At The Metropolitan Museum of Art With the passing of Lucian Freud on July 20th, 2011 at the age of 89, a chapter in the figurative arts was closed. To honor his achievements, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is hosting a small but spectacular exhibit of 17 paintings, along […]
When asked to describe an artistic genius, most people think of the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. Picasso exhibited his undeniable creative talents at an early age and left a large body of excellent work produced throughout his prodigious lifetime. His whole career appears to have been the result of a successful strategy of exploration and […]