Tuesday 18 February 2014

Art Undressed

Here's the latest in Tate's series of short films Unlock Art. "How to bluff your way in art" would be a better title, but this has already been used. In Unlock Art: A Brief History of Art Undressed (2014) Dawn O'Porter gives us what Tate describes as a "whistle-stop tour" of nudity in art. It begins 25,000 years ago with The Venus of Willendorf and bounces across centuries to culminate in the dire tripe of Francis Bacon. To be rude with a nude or not to be, that is the question. And who writes the rules?


At 18/2/14, Anonymous Kris said...

At 3m48 the presenter says "prostitutes from Avignon".

Wikipedia says "The work portrays five nude female prostitutes from a brothel on Carrer d'AvinyĆ³ (AvinyĆ³ Street) in Barcelona."

Is Wikipedia correct?

At 19/2/14, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, Kris

Picasso was Spanish, so I reckon Wikipedia is right. I guess Ms O'Porter preferred the French pronunciation of Avignon. Why not send Tate a quibble and see what they say. They're always making out they know everything about art. Make 'em blush. Let me know what they say.


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