A springtime visit to New York City gave me the opportunity to drop in on some of the “local” arts venues and galleries of mid-town. The Manhattan Art & Antiques Center was just downstairs from our AirBnB, and it offers several hours of discovery. Check out the gallery of photos I took from my visit.
This last October, on a crisp autumn evening, a handful of figurative artists gathered in a lushly renovated brownstone on a tree-lined street in upper Harlem. Janet A Cook, Costa Vavagiakis, Patricia Watwood, and Jeffrey Wiener joined Leah Poller, the host of this Halloween-inspired drawing event which featured model Sarah Schoofs as our Shaman guide. This intimate […]
TheGreatNude’s Member Artists are in some instances world-class teachers on top of exhibiting professionals. Take Patricia Watwood for example. This busy artist is always on the go. This month, you’ll find her on the faculty and giving demos at the Figurative Arts Convention and Expo (#FACE18) in Coral Gables, Florida this November 7-10th, 2019. Visit […]
TheGreatNude is now offering a mobile “Drawing Salon” to promote and support Galleries and Art Events that feature Figurative Artists. A well-produced Drawing Salon in your gallery is a fresh, creative way to bring new collectors into your space and introduce them to artists you represent. A Drawing Salon in your gallery offers your own Collectors […]
TheGreatNude, an online video magazine focused on the Figurative Arts, celebrates it’s 10th Anniversary this year. Launched in 2007, the collection of content at www.TheGreatNude.TV is an expanding “media library” designed to promote The Nude in modern culture. Inspired by a desire to document and promote the contemporary figurative artists in New York City, TheGreatNude […]
Here’s an interesting NYTimes arts video featuring some of the pioneering female artists like Bernstein, Betty Tompkins, Juanita McNeely and Joan Semmel, best known for their paintings, and multidisciplinary artists like Schneemann and Valie Export.
Lately, some of my male artist friends have been confiding to me that they are feeling like pariahs in the art world. And boy, do I get it. From my vantage point, I see that the general public’s taste for the Nude is souring. What I’ve been calling “The Great Nude” is simply not […]
People who know me, know that I will travel great distances to see a “Great Nude”. Yesterday, all I had to do was travel to Park Slope, Brooklyn on a lovely Spring day to meet Simon Dinnerstein at his charming brownstone home where he works and lives with his family. Simon and I had recently […]
Unfortunately, we live in a country of Absurdity and Hypocrisy. We voraciously consume porn videos and accept just about anything sexually provocative in our advertising and entertainment. Yet out of some kind of fear – or loathing – we cannot display a nude human depicted in paint. I do not understand this place. Scotty, beam […]
In this episode of Sketch Sessions, publisher/artist Jeffrey Wiener takes on the challenge of recreating Gustav Courbet’s Bacchante in pencil with a live model in the studio. The challenge of the figure is not the end of this video. Watch the whole video to see the landscape portion get created.
Figure Drawing at The MET (for Mobile Devices) • December 6, 2015 – 2-4pm • Instructor: Jeffrey Wiener • This Class will use the figurative sculptures at the MET to teach basic techniques for sketching the Figure using several popular APPS. Students will learn how to Draw and Paint on their devices, and how to […]
Figurative Complexity • John Belardo has sculptures and drawings on exhibit at the Romano Gallery at the Blair Academy – October 27 to November 28. Check out one of John’s beautiful works here. Romano Gallery Armstrong-Hipkins Center for the Arts Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ 07825 Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM or by appointment, […]
Submerge • New Photography Series and Video by Cheryl Maeder • Submerge explores the relationship we human beings have with the environment, both in the personal and the universal context. We, as living beings, are not separate from the Earth. The human body contains 70% of water fluids and the oceans waters cover more than […]
TheGreatNude presents A Celebration of Life Drawing November 12-15, 2015 An Exhibition of Figurative Artworks with Life Drawing Events Jay Gould Townhouse • 179 Sullivan Street, New York, New York Exhibiting: Sherry Camhy, Janet A. Cook, Leah Poller, John Wellington, Jeffrey Wiener Join us for a weekend of art inspired by Life Drawing as five […]
This drawing workshop is designed to teach any student how to use the iPad (or any other mobile device) to do quick figurative studies from the live model. Students will also be taught several specific drawing techniques that will allow them to create final, polished drawings and paintings for print that are suitable for sale. […]
I’ve always found this painting by Andrew Wyeth fascinating. Not so much because it is a beautiful painting, and presents us with one of the most mysterious models that is familiar to most Americans. I found this painting most interesting because it presents us with a young woman that obviously has a disability that expresses […]
(1452-1519): An Italian High Renaissance Painter and Inventor, Leonardo was a Florentine Renaissance man, a genius, an artist in all media, an architect, a brilliant military engineer. And perhaps the most brilliantly creative man in European history.
These three paintings are from the “Shared Spaces” series that I began in the mid-nineties. There’s many psychological and intimate portraits in that collection, people I know, couples, pairs. It’s mostly drawings, but the origin of this series were these several figurative works painted exclusively in “Pthalo” Blue and Ultra-Marine acrylics. The larger works are […]
Interview with Bo Bartlett PPOW Gallery Bo Bartlett: Paintings of Home by Scott Goodwillie December, 2010 In his recent exhibition at PPOW Gallery in New York, Bo Bartlett offered some stunning compositions which rely on childhood memories or the place of his dreams. Born in Columbus, Georgia, he depicts a world of stillness and intimacy which […]
This painting entitled “5 Gods Wrestle with Existence” (1992) is part of a series of works focused on Religion and the True Nature of Man. This image is set like a stage, with Jerusalem in the center, and it is about the nature of love and desire for human connectivity in a time of spiritual discovery and religious conflict. […]
Mexico is a very conservative country, and the use of The Nude is a provocative statement in Mexican culture. With that in mind, Mexican photographer Édgar Olguín has published a series of photographs taken as part of a project to protest the killings of 43 Mexican student protestors last fall at the hands of a local government, who […]
A newly released study claims that 2 meter-heigh bronze statues of nude men riding panthers are by Michelangelo Buonerroti. Known ever since as the “Rothschild bronzes,” they will soon be on view at Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum. If this is correct, they will be the only known surviving bronze works by Michelangelo.
This is my second workshop with the Art Students League of NY. The first workshop was last September, 2014. The school is working at developing educational programming for several digital art making tools, and I hope to see “Figure Drawing with the iPad” become a regular offering soon. This year’s class at the Art […]
As one of the supporting sponsors of the FRIDGE ART FAIR (Miami, Dec. 2014 edition) TheGreatNude presenting several Life Drawing Events in Miami during Art Basel Week. Jeffrey Wiener, Artist and Publisher of figurative arts website TheGreatNude.tv set up an DJ-style Booth with multiple screens projecting Digital Art created live from his iPad during Fridge Art Fair’s After-Party at Little Havana’s […]