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Ellen Harvey, “The Nudist Museum Gift Shop,” installation view, Dodge Gallery, New York
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Ellen Harvey

THE NUDIST MUSEUM GIFT SHOP
by Jane Dickson

Visitors enter Ellen Harvey’s gleeful Nudist Museum the same way they exit -- through the gift shop. So begin by browsing long rows of small oil paintings, smoky oil renderings of any eBay wares that incorporated the corporeal. Nude saltshakers, nude vases, nude lamps, nude clocks, boob-shaped cups and even glass tables with naked lady bases, organized by subject and lined up side-by-side along both walls of the long space. Each delicate pastel-hued image looms out of a dark grainy background, whose paint washes are echoed on the walls, definitely a painter’s idea of interior design.

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