Nude Photography pulled from Art Show for being too… Nude.

Writer. Photographer. Provocateur.

Writer. Photographer. Provocateur.

Yesterday, I received an email from Abigail Ekue who’s been interviewed on this blog and also a huge advocate and supporter of naked yoga. She mentioned to me in an email that her recent photography exhibit got pulled from an art show for show-casing a series photographs of nude men, part of her “Bare Men” series. When I went to view her series online CLICK HERE, I saw only beautiful artistic nude photographs, tasteful and discerning. I read below the reason for them choosing to pull the her work from the show which reminds me still how very far we have come and still have to go in releasing shame and transmuting fear around the human body.

Photographs from my Bare Men series which were selected for a juried show set for April 9th have been pulled from the exhibit because,“it appears almost all of the works reflect landscapes, citiscapes, nature and a hint of street photography… I have asked around to the other exhibitors to find out if they would be willing to share a screen with you given the nature of your work. No one wanted to do so almost all for the same reasons of claiming that they and their guests would have to also see your images in order to see theirs – because the screens rotate images – and they do not want their guests to feel offended

…we must pull your work from the exhibition… We usually have a good mixture of genres of photography in the past, including nudes, but this exhibition has seemed to draw out more simpler and softer genres, and your images will not fit into this particular show.”

Bare Men will be an objet d’art. I continue work on my original plan for this project — a solo print exhibit and a photography book. I will update my website and Tumblr occasionally.

Please feel free to give Abigail a shout out for her beautiful work and also re-post to support naturism and nude art.

Nude Blessings,

Isis Phoenix

6 thoughts on “Nude Photography pulled from Art Show for being too… Nude.

  1. Scott

    Along these same lines, when you’re in Boston this summer, you might like to stop by an exhibit a friend of mine is having. By The Numbers: Perceptions of Beauty, is a terrific new and different exhibit of female models, some who haved never posed before, of all different shapes, sizes, and ages, in all the beauty of their individual form. The artist is Rose Cummings. She hopes to do more such exhibits, using other female models, perhaps some male models and couples too.

    The opening reception is Saturday, June 8, from 3-8pm, at the Jefferson Cutter House 611 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA which is just outside Boston. The exhibit runs through June and July, until the 26th.

    Below is the link to the exhibit postcard, I don’t believe I can send as an attachment here on the blog:

    It’s really a lovely exhibit, about women whose bodies are not necessarily society’s ideal, and all the more beautiful for it! I have modeled for artists for years, and male models range in age up to 70’s and all variety of sizes, but sadly the field of female models thins out considerably past the age of 30, which is a great unfairness. This exhibit helps begin to bring some balance to that equation. Hope you’ll have a chance to see it while in the area!

    1. Scott

      Yes, I’m planning to be there for the opening next Saturday. Rose and her husband, who is her partner in this exhibit, will be there, and the they also will be keeping artist-in-residence hours certain days during the nearly two months the exhibit is up. If anyone can’t make the opening, they may have the chance to meet the artists at those later dates.

      Boston has a thriving figurative art scene, but it’s always been so frustrating to see how few female models are out there beyond their 20’s, because so many of the male figure models are 40’s, like myself, and 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s, and these guys are having a great experience. More women should be empowered to model at this stage in life too, and I’m hoping this exhibit begins to embrace this idea more in the figurative art community in Boston.


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