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[Discussion] Public nude bodypainting: victory for artistic free speech or shameless self promotion?

[Discussion] Public nude bodypainting: victory for artistic free speech or shameless self promotion?

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Artist Andy Golub specializes in painting bodies and objects. And as an artist, he knows that he has a right to exhibit nude body painting in public places in New York City. To remind the authorities of this, he has staged a number of happenings in Times Square.

Andy’s most recent event, painting g-string clad model Zoe West on August 30, resulted in her arrest. But as predicted, she was later released without charges.

While Golub has certainly drawn headlines with his public displays, he insists it is all done in the name of art. “When the model first takes her clothes off, some people think it’s a stunt of some kind,” he says. “But after the painting starts to take form, people just hang out and watch the painting develop. I think my favorite thing is the look that everyone has when they’re staring and contemplating how the process works.”

We see a lot of nudity in today’s digital media world, mostly because sex and beauty still have an instinctive power to fascinate us. But what do you think of the artist’s motives? And would you feel differently if the model was male, or the painter female?

Most importantly: Do you feel enlightened?

See (censored) mainstream media video of his latest work below.

 

Source:
One Model Place

I am Creative Director at Acart Communications, a Canadian Social Issues Marketing agency. Read more