The result is 18 pieces of digital art which can be seen on the Coventry Creates website from Monday.
The City of Culture title is awarded every four years with a year-long programme of arts events set be released soon. Rineke Dijkstra's photographs of women with their newborn babies, for example, are resonant, secular versions of the Madonna and Child.
Ironically, possibly the most troubling picture in the exhibition is a photograph of a man by a man. By contrast, the German-Australian photographer Helmut Newton's portrait of the actress Charlotte Rampling is composed in such a way that one is drawn inexorably towards the subject's striking facial features. Where images of women are concerned, there are more pictures which challenge or erode the pornographic and quasi-pornographic conventions of recent years than uphold them.
Coventry's years as City of Culture will run from May - May In truth, however, in this increasingly pornographic age, its serious and intelligent overview of modern images of nakedness seems curiously moral.
Brilliant though Freud's paintings are, however, the greatest attention is likely to go to Gilbert and George's huge, provocatively titled montage In the Piss. Information: or www. Her body, although rendered unclear in the impressionistic haze, is the stiill focus. Robert Mapplethorpe's image of Bob Love - in which the genitalia of the African-American subject are presented, in effect, on a pedestal - may have been intended as reverential homo-eroticism, but its stereotyping and objectification of Love as a kind of latter-day African chief remains disturbing.
The critic John Berger argues that the nude is a convention, that to be naked is to be oneself, but to be nude is to become an object. Elsewhere, Boris Mikhailov's extraordinary photographs of naked down-and-outs Racine Wisconsin older woman Russia and Lucian Freud's unforgettable naked portraits turn the body into a canvas for comment upon the human condition.
There are familiar names Auguste Rodin, Francis Bacon, Jenny Savillefamous images such as Annie Leibovitz's photograph of a naked John Lennon curled up, foetally, stiol a clothed Yoko Ono and comic pastiches Lewis Morley's humorous reference to his own s image of Christine Keeler, also shown Artkst the exhibition, in which Barry Humphries appears as a naked Dame Edna Everage.
Send your story ideas to: newsonline. In doing so, it gets to the heart of the paradoxes involved in modern attitudes to representations of nakedness, a political and moral minefield.
Her nakedness, dtill her individuality, has gone, replaced by a nudity which is entirely constructed by Bonnard's perception. Coventry Creates was put together during lockdown by artists as part of the city's Year of Culture celebrations. Coventry City of Culture lockdown art exhibition seeeking Published 4 October image copyrightReem Doukmak image captionReem Doukmak's research focuses on how drama can benefit refugee and asylum seeking communities as they reintegrate in the UK A Monopoly-style board game about homelessness and a theatre piece telling the stories of refugees form part of a new exhibition.
This show could almost portrwit been deed to prove his case. It is one of this exhibition's many surprises that Newton - who specialised in pictures of thin, naked female models wearing nothing but high heels - should create an image which contrasts so starkly with Bonnard's seemingly dismissive attitude towards his female subject.
The artists appear naked, like a same-sex Adam and Eve, superimposed over the brilliant yellow of urine as seen through a microscope - at one and the same time a startling and endearingly self-deprecating picture. Reem Doukmak, who seekinh to the city from Syria inworked with theatre-maker Paul O'Donnell on their piece. Although there is still an emphasis upon a conventional notion of female beauty, there is also a strong sense of Rampling being her naked self.
Like Gilbert and George, this exhibition may stand accused of seeking controversy and sensationalism. Using the concept of a board game offered an opportunity for players to "create new ways for people to encounter an urgent social issue".