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The Walker Curates the News: 01.25.16

Deborah de Robertis

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Examining nudity “in the real world,” performance artist Deborah de Robertis recreated the nude in Edouard Manet’s Olympia in front of the work itself. In a telling parallel with the painting whose nude was met with shock in the 19th century, de Robertis’s body was immediately covered, and the artist was removed by Musée D’Orsay security. Released after two days, she said, “The museum is perfectly happy to use nudity when it comes to encouraging people to come to the exhibition, and there are even pornographic films being shown in the museum, but when it comes to a contemporary artistic performance like mine, they don’t recognize it as art, and they censor it.”

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