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Robert Graham
detail of Untitled
2005-06
cast bronze
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Unstable Nudity
by Donald Kuspit


While the nude is by no means the whole-object prototype, it can provide imaginative translation of that prototype. . . . We cannot discover in our own bodies the nude entirety. Narcissistic sensitivity obscures contemplation. Sex-organs often continue to be viewed as part-objects unintegrated with the tenor of the body. . . . But if the nude in this sense is a somewhat rarefied conception, it remains an immense power. The human body thus conceived is a promise of sanity.
-- Adrian Stokes, "Reflections on the Nude," 1967

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