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MAY 13 - 16, 2010 • Roger Smith Hotel, New York City
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Richard T Scott: Hermetica, 2010Since launching three years ago,'s mission has been to invigorate the figurative arts through technology and social media, connecting a new generation of artists with the lovers and the art professionals of this art form. As the site has grown, so too has the community with a regular topic of discussion being the concern of the lack of a venue (other than museums and a tiny group of galleries) for the figurative artists here in New York City and in cities across the world. To begin to change this situation, decided to go "brick and mortar" with a series of pop up exhibitions called TheGreatNude Invitational. This first Invitational features 25 international established and emerging artists in all styles and media who are dedicated to the nude in their work. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a panel The Nude In Contemporary Art, Donald Kuspit's essay The Nude Ascending, drawing demonstrations and evening live nude sketch parties.

The Roger Smith Hotel is a favorite mid-town boutique hotel that has its own contemporary gallery called The Lab which features performance and installation exhibitions. In addition, the hotel hosts film, theater, music and other cultural programs. The Roger Smith Hotel is centrally located to the galleries on 57th street, the upper east side and a quick subway ride to many of the famous museums (Guggenheim, MoMA, Whitney, etc), a short walk from Grand Central Station and 42nd Street, the United Nations headquarters and other famous locations.

Jeffrey Wiener, Publisher of and Robert Curcio of curcioprojects have come together as a result of their shared interest in contemporary figurative arts to produce and present this unique invitational arts event. Jeffrey Wiener is an artist, designer, website developer, and the publisher of, an online magazine for the figurative arts. Jeffrey has designed and produced other community-based websites such as and, and has produced many online properties for major brands through his design firm Dangerous Media Productions, Inc.

Robert Curcio is an arts entrepreneur, curator, dealer and writer. As a co-founder of the Scope International Art Fairs, Robert Curcio helped create what many people consider the standard for contemporary art fairs. Recent projects include the publication of SHIFTwork: Cathedral of Joy by international performance artist Andre Stitt, Desires exhibition at Chasama in NYC last May, and a post script to the catalog Balint Zsako Drawings from the Bernardi Collection, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.

HOST COMMITTEE              
Scott Goodwillie   Artist, Curator          
Donald Kuspit   Art Critic, Curator          
Michelle Montogomery   Art Consultant          
Odd Nerdrum   Artist          
Leah Poller   Artist, Art Consultant          
Richard T. Scott   Artist, Curator          
Fedele Spadafora   Artist, Curator          
Peter Trippi   Editor, Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine          

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