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Role Reversal: Painting The Male Nude

“Do women have to be naked to get into U.S. museums? Less than 3% of the artists in the Met. Museum are women, but 83% of the nudes are female.” I have this hanging above my desk, compliments of a Guerrilla Girls’ ad. Artist Kristen Copham is responding to just this imbalance.

I spoke with Kristen today for the approximately 45 minutes it took her to paint my portrait – the 829th painting in a series of 1,000 that she hopes to complete by the end of this year. Kristen is the owner and director of the New York Studio Gallery, at the corner of Stanton and Suffolk in the LES. Just as she started painting me (I volunteered for her project), she began telling me about a series of male nudes that she is working on, saying “It’s my response to women being objectified.” Continue reading

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