Spencer Tunick  (American, 1967) 

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Spencer Tunick (American, b.1967) is a Contemporary photographer, renowned for his colossal nude shoots and human installations around the world. Born in Middletown, Orange County, NY, into a Jewish family, Tunick attended Emerson College, in Boston, MA, and graduated with a BA in Photography in 1988.

His interest in nude photography began in 1986 when he captured a nude at a bus stop in London, and scores of others at Alleyn's Schools Lower School Hall in Dulwich, Southwark. In 1990, the Brooklyn-based photographer undertook a comprehensive program at the International Center of Photography, in New York, NY, and held his first exhibition at the Alleged Gallery, in New York, in 1993. His early works consisted of single and small groups of nudes, but in 1994, he posed 28 nude people at the threshold of the United Nation's building in mid-town Manhattan. This was the turning point of his career, as he later embarked on similar installations in cities across the world, with a goal to change people''s perceptions with regard to nudity, privacy, and the environment.

Since 1994, Tunick has arranged over 70 large-scale nude installations in the United States and overseas. His elaborate shoots usually entail hundreds to thousands of nude volunteers, who are captured in specific places of national interest, to highlight certain themes of importance to the artist and society in general. Landscape installations with nude people as the subjects create curiously Surreal images, which transform into new subjects altogether, devoid of sexual nuances. In 2007, his Zocalo shoot in Mexico City attracted over 18,000 nude volunteers, the largest number since his previous record of 7,000 in Barcelona Spain in 2003. The challenging photo session was accompanied by a documentary titled Naked in Mexico that highlighted the experience of photographing thousands of people within a short period of time from limited angles. During that same year, the photographer used 600 nude people to create Living sculpture on the Aletsch Glacier with support from Greenpeace.

Tunick’s recent nude photographs involved over 1000 volunteers taking various poses on the beaches of the Dead Sea. The photographer’s works have appeared in galleries across the globe from the Ruarts Gallery, Moscow (2005), Hales Gallery, London (2004), Institut de Cultura de Barcelona (2003), and Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki (2007). Tunick currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Spencer Tunick, Austria 5 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)

 

Spencer Tunick
Austria 5 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)
2008

Galerie Ernst Hilger
Spencer Tunick, Austria 16 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)

 

Spencer Tunick
Austria 16 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)
2008

Galerie Ernst Hilger
Spencer Tunick, Austria 12 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)

 

Spencer Tunick
Austria 12 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)
2008

Galerie Ernst Hilger
Spencer Tunick, Austria 8 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)

 

Spencer Tunick
Austria 8 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)
2008

Galerie Ernst Hilger
Spencer Tunick, Austria 2 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)

 

Spencer Tunick
Austria 2 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)
2008

Galerie Ernst Hilger
Spencer Tunick, Austria 1 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)

 

Spencer Tunick
Austria 1 (Ernst Happel Stadion, Kunsthalle Wien)
2008

Galerie Ernst Hilger
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Spencer Tunick, A Collection (3 works)

 

Spencer Tunick
A Collection (3 works), 2012
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Spencer Tunick, New Vienna I

 

Spencer Tunick
New Vienna I, 1999
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Spencer Tunick, A Collection (3 works)

 

Spencer Tunick
A Collection (3 works), 2012
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1967   Born in Middletown, NY
1988   B.A. from Emerson College, Boston, MA
1990   One-year intensive program at the International Center of Photography, New York, NY
  Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
2008   Kunsthalle Wien, Austria
2007   Spencer Tunick: Serie Ciudades Desnudas, Caracas, Museo Arte Contemproaneo de Caracas Sofia Imber, Caracas, Venezuela (solo)
2006   Spencer Tunick, Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany (solo)
2005   Museum Kunst Palast, Dusseldorf, Germany
2004   Public Works 2001 – 2004, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Spencer Tunick, Hales Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
National Museum of Visual Arts, Montevideo, Uruguay
Manmade and Natural, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH (solo)
2003   Nude Adrift, Institut de Cultura de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2002   Spencer Tunick, Musee d’Art Contemporain de Montreal, Quebec, Canada (solo)
Nude Adrift, Hales Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
Spencer Tunick, Artcore, Toronto, Canada (solo)
Upstate, Part 1, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Spencer Tunick: Nude Adrift, Dinaburg Arts, New York, NY (solo)
Spencer Tunick, Studio Miscetti, Rome, Italy (solo)
2001   Deptford Town Hall, London, United Kingdom (solo)
Spencer Tunick/Self, De Beyerd Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Breda, The Netherlands (solo)
Le Tribu dell’Arte, Galleria Communale Arte de Moderna e Contemporanea, Rome, Italy (solo)
2000   Reaction Zone, I-20 Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
America Zone, Hales Gallery, London, United Kingdom (solo)
Galeria Joao Graca, Lisbon, Portugal (solo)
Perspective, FIAC 2000, Paris, France (solo)
1999   Statements (I-20), Art 30 Basel, Basel, Switzerland (solo)
Someplace You Haven’t Been, Art & Public, Geneva, Switzerland (solo)
Magazin 4, Vorarlberger Kunstverein, Bregenz, Austria (solo)
1998   Naked States, I-20 Gallery New York, NY (solo)
1996   Naked Pavement, Exquisite Corpse, Burlington, VT (solo)
1995   America Zone, Thicket Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1993   Spencer Tunick, Alleged Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
  Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, United Kingdom
  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Caracas Sofía Imber, Caracas, Venezuela
  Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte/Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico
  Museum Kunst Palast, Duesseldorf, Germany
  National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece