nudity in prime-time

14 04 2009

Definitely not going to happen in America for a while, but:

This summer, [Britain’s] Channel 4 will broadcast a new series before the watershed featuring nude models. The show, provisionally titled Life Class: Today’s Nude, hopes to promote a return to elementary skills of drawing and painting, and spark a revival of more traditional, figurative art.

An artist named Alan Kane came up with the idea for the show, and apparently the TV folks had no problems with it: “Because it is educational and non-sexualised nudity, Channel 4 didn’t have any concerns with it at all.”





pbs censors nudity from king lear

31 03 2009

Blogger ephemerist has a fun post about the PBS broadcast of the recent stage production of King Lear, wherein Ian McKellan appears (briefly) nude. PBS snipped the nude scene before airing the program.

I didn’t make it to the play when it came to Minneapolis last year, but some friends did, and said McKellan’s performance was phenomenal.





figure drawing

15 02 2009

I’ve done a bit of figure drawing, and while I’m not very good at it, I really enjoy doing it. I’ve even posed for a couple of sessions, and that got me thinking. Wouldn’t it be great to have a group of artists who comfortable being nude? Each person would take a turn modeling for the others, and everyone could be naked!