The Nude: February 11 - April 1

The Nude

Kathy McCarver Root and her gallery, KMR Arts, proudly present the gallery’s newest exhibition, “ The Nude”, a group show of photography with the human form as the subject matter. The exhibition continues until April 1, 2017.

The human figure first came to prominence as a subject for artists in ancient Greek during athletic competitions where the mostly male contestants competed in the nude. The Greek representations of the nude figure were heroic and idealized, something to be celebrated, not to be dismissed or ignored. By the 19th century when photography was invented,  the human nude figure (men and women) had taken on additional qualities: emotion, desire, lust.  In addition to ideals of male and female beauty, the nude as a subject exemplifies a range of facets of humanity: athletes, warriors, goddesses, pathos, emotion, and desire.

This exhibition at KMR Arts includes iconic vintage prints from the 1930’s to the present: photographs by Lillian Bassman, Horst P. Horst, Fernand Fonssagrives, Peter C. Jones, Edmund Teske, Barbara Vaughn, and Kenneth Josephson, among others.

McCarver Root says, “I have always been intrigued by photographers’ visions of the body, so organic, so personal. It is interesting to me to see these various images and how the male gaze differs from the female gaze as well as the difference in male and female subject matter in the making of these photographs.”

I wasn’t really naked, I just didn’t have any clothes on. – Josephine Baker

Nudity is a form of dress. - John Berger

My ideal is to wake up in the morning and run around the meadow naked.  - Daryl Hannah

I always say, to be well dressed you must be well naked. – Oscar de la Renta