ART AND NUDITY
How the naked human body have been represented in Art has been a very controversial subject. Some people believe the human body is too sacred to be channelled into a work for just viewing pleasure, others view the human body as the most expressionate medium of art. Some people which I believe hold the highest number try to draw the line between an artistic nude art and a sexually intended work.
Some artists have tried to differentiate between nude and being naked. A nude is tastefully done showing the qualities of the human body while being naked is being without clothes, which can be embarrassing or can be intended to sexually provoke. A nude may also contain faint sexual content but never much so it doesn’t become obscene.
The nude art is a very powerful medium. It expresses emotions that a clothed art may never be able to express, especially the female body. From prehistoric art to contemporary art, nudes have been present in all art eras.
Due to the ever increasing expression of sexuality. It may seem that contemporary nudes seeks to evoke erotic desires than to convey any message. Some people even term nakedness as art to make it seem more presentable.
As powerful as nudes are, is it really necessary? Given the abuse it suffers now the line between being naked and nude art has been blurred and instead an avenue for anyone to go naked and call it art has been created. I love expressing art through many mediums, nudes inclusive but I respect the human body too much to only view it as a source of erotic desires. If nudes should be used in telling a story, as with all things powerful it should be used with respect and caution.