Nude Attitude article Nude Art 1995
Magazine Fall 1995 "If statues are free why not we?")
Rules of polite
society don't always make sense. Such as, two words describe the same thing,
but one is acceptable and the other, the vulgar one is not. So it is with our
clothing obsessed polite society when it accepts, however reluctantly, the nude in art.
Even with the historical prudery in America, the liberal intellectuals have somehow convinced the moral masses that
nudes, so common in European sculpture and painting, would have to be tolerated here, or we would always be considered the
unsophisticated backwater of the art world.
moral masses have fought against nude art, cross and nail, and any acceptance in our culture has been won over the years through
the courts interpreting correctly our guarantee of free expression. But, even
these wins are arbitrary. There is still no definition of what "lewd or lascivious"
means from one "average person applying contemporary community standards" to another, so nudes are often begrudgingly allowed
because of "artistic merit."
This has given us a very compartmentalized acceptance of nudity.
Nude humans in public are against the law, but public representations of nude humans are protected as free
Silly, but true.
This is why, on South Miami Beach, where people are not allowed to sunbathe nude, a nude bronze
statue has been basking in the sun since 1928.
When you see this spread crotch Bronze of Heracles that sat
for years outside the main entrance to the New Orleans Museum of Art, makes you wonder what we are trying to hide with our
Remember the great "Wardrobe Malfunction"
in February 2004, when Janet Jackson's right breast was exposed on National TV during the Superbowl halftime show to damage
all the kids in America beyond repair?
Well, all those Americans who got in a snit
over that should not take their kids to the National Gallery in Washington D.C. (unfortunately, there are
actually prudes who do not expose their kids to nude art)
Apparently "Wardrobe Malfunctions" were common centuries before the great Janet Jackson
This marble statue is titled A Companion of Diana and was sculpted in 1724 by Jean-Louis Lemoyne.
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