Arts Nude Direction
posted by July 16 at 15:30 PMon
White Girl by Rashid Johnson (2007)
Rashid Johnson’s nude at James Harris Gallery this month (review coming up in this week’s edition) is called White Girl, which in itself is a pretty terrific art-historical joke.
But she reverses tradition in another way that’s so obvious, you can overlook it.
These are the most famous and influential reclining nudes in art history.
Sleeping Venus by Giorgione (ca. 1507)
Venus of Urbino by Titian (ca. 1538)
Grand Odalisque by Ingres (1814)
Olympia by Manet (1863)
Blue Reclining Nude by Matisse (ca. 1928)
Here’s the exception at that level of fame, but the mirror device turns her around in your mind anyway:
The Rokeby Venus by Velazquez (1647-51)