Happy New Year…everyone !
Blimey I’m early again so what’s the subject today ?
I was going to voice off on Donald Trump but frankly I’m not sure I can face him this time in the morning any morning so I won’t,although I am amazed that anyone wants to vote for this capitalist who doesn’t pay all his staff the going rate,who’s a sexist pig and someone who acts more like a 1950s dictator. Looking at the BBC news website I’ve just seen a story about three women who in the 1960s in the name of art stripped naked and painted themselves blue and this brings me on to a favourite pastime with naturists….body painting. Body painting, or sometimes bodypainting, is a form of body art. Unlike tattoo and other forms of body art, body painting is temporary, painted onto the human skin, and lasts for only several hours, or at most (in the case of mehndi or “henna tattoos”) about two weeks. Body painting that is limited to the face is known as face painting. Body painting is also referred to as (a form of) “temporary tattoo”; large scale or full-body painting is more commonly referred to as body painting, while smaller or more detailed work can sometimes be referred to as temporary tattoos.
In a Paris art gallery in 1960, three naked women covered themselves in blue paint and made impressions of their bodies on paper as an orchestra played and guests wearing formal dress looked on.It has come to be seen as one of the landmark events in the history of performance art. The evening was conducted by French artist Yves Klein, who wore a black dinner jacket and white bow tie for the occasion, and who gave us a radically different type of nude in art. But there has been criticism of the way Klein used young women – dubbed “living paintbrushes” – as his instruments.
One of the women who painted their bodies and Klein’s canvases that night, and on numerous other occasions, was Elena Palumbo-Mosca.As some of Klein’s Anthropometry paintings go on show at Tate Liverpool, Ms Palumbo-Mosca, now 81, rejects the notion that she was exploited and says she was more than just a “living brush” or a traditional passive model.
Then just last Year there was a body painting day in the United States when a New York City artist paid San Francisco a visit, along with hordes of vibrantly painted nude models. The artist, Andy Golub brought his Bodypainting Day to San Francisco for the first time. Artists painted nude models outside the north end of the Ferry Building, then they all marched in the buff to Fisherman’s Wharf. “There is no city with a greater commitment to free artistic expression. It’s an honor to be here,” Golub said of the event’s San Francisco debut. The theme of this Bodypainting Day is “Inner Beauty,” and Golub is encouraged the artists to look to the inner spirit of their models for inspiration.
Participating artists painted more than 50 nude models in a cordoned off area—but still in full public view. A team of security guards were present throughout the event to ensure the safety of all participants. Golub began painting bodies back in 2007. Two years later he was kicked out of New York City’s Times Square for painting models wearing nothing but G-strings in public. In 2011 he was arrested again after painting nude models for several hours on the streets. It took two more years for the city to acknowledge that Golub could paint fully nude men and women on any public street in New York City. Throughout the last few years, he has expanded his event to cities like Amsterdam and Brussels, and is now brings it to California.