Are there no nude models over the age of 30 working in New York City? David Levitz’ series for Time Out New York, “NYC Art-School Models: Clothed, Nude, and Interviewed” would have us believe so, conveniently featuring nude photos of generally attractive mid-20’s physiques. Not that using risqué images is any press trick to write home about, but TONY pairs the bad with the even worse. Slideshows by various staff photographers capture the subjects with their clothes on — and then off — in the same pose. (Despite the insipid concept, we particularly enjoy the above picture of a jock holding his jock.)
Campy interviews with the models featured under their photo spreads don’t help the series. The Q+A sessions not only harp on art world cliches — “You really get like, a creative connection with the artist, man” — but also ask questions which only MAYBE an art school undergrad would find profound. “Do you ever feel like an object?” TONY probes. Unless someone has new insight to bring to the table, such redundant investigations are better left in the tomb of Second Wave feminism.
Editors note: Devout AFC readers may remember the ultimately un-PC website Guess Her Muff we covered last April. We can’t help but make the connection between their “clothes on,” “clothes off” format, and Time Out’s NYC Art-School Models series. Needless to say, neither ride any wave of Feminism.