This is our second edition of THE NEW NUDE. It is an interactive issue which will allow readers to click around with active links to websites and where to find artists on social media. It contains some of the artwork published last year and some new artworks which were completed just a week before we went to print. Many of the works contained in this publication and on our virtual exhibition on Artsy have been previously censored on social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram. I myself was blocked from using Facebook while I was promoting the publication because I shared Anne-Chritine Roda’s beautiful realistic reclining female. Social media is unable to tell if a work is a photograph or a painting. It is not that smart yet. Many times, an artist may be banned for up to a month from being able to log into their accounts.
If you view the introductory video by Alison Stinely, a gallery was shut down because of their oppression of the artist’s constitutional right of freedom of speech. Standard gallery practices are outdated and more and more are going out of business. Our artists are a part of a strong figurative community, and publishing and offering to showcase their artwork in venues such as Artsy has allowed their freedom of speech to ring loud and clear.
Continue to rock on.
- Didi Menendez