The New York photographer Spencer Tunick recently broke his own record when he encouraged 17,000 Mexicans to take their clothes off and pose for him. That’s a lot of flesh in one place!
The volunteers posed for Tunick at the Zocalo square in Mexico City on Sunday. His previous record of 7000 nudes in Spain was broken by more than double.
Thousands of Mexicans strip for photo shoot
Not all Mexicans were impressed by the spectacle staged by Tunick, who was refused permission to hold his nude photo at the famed Teotihuacan pyramids outside the capital. “They’re losing dignity as men and women,” said 63-year-old Armando Pineda, leaning against the cathedral and watching the now-dressed models leave the plaza. “It’s an offence against the church.” SMH
105 Frida Kahlos!
On Monday, Spencer Tunick arranged a more intimate photo shoot in Mexico with a less impressive number of 105 naked people. But the unusual thing about these naked Mexicans was that they all looked like Frida Kahlo!
Here’s some quotes by Spencer Tunick from a news conference that the artist gave..
- What a moment for the Mexican art scene. I think all eyes are looking south from the United Sates to Mexico City to see how a country can be free and treat the naked body as art. Not as pornography or as a crime, but with happiness and caring.
- I just create shapes and forms with human bodies. It’s an abstraction, it’s a performance, it’s an installation. So I don’t care how many people showed up. All I know is that I filled up my space.
Jonathan Jones of the Guardian newspaper in the UK has wrote a piece on the work of Spencer Tunick, called “The naked truth about Tunick”..
“But so what? Tunick’s work isn’t art, and no one who actually considered it for a moment would say it was. There’s no interesting “thought” underlying his work nor is it a provocative challenge to what art is. His photograph-stunts are on the same level as a wacky advertising campaign. I find it contemptible the way Tunick is applauded for something so blatantly cynical.” JJ