Ellen Harvey, “The Nudist Museum,” (installation detail), 2010.
54 paintings: oil on gesso board with used frames.

Bass Museum of Art
October 2 – November 7, 2010

Ellen Harvey’s Nudist Museum uses the Bass Museum’s collection to reveal a wide variety of different historical paradigms of nudity. By copying every nude in the collection, which includes paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Middles Ages to the present, Harvey showcases nudes that represent purity, titillation, truth, comedy, beauty, love and ugliness, as well as simple representations of the human body.

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