More than 100 masterworks from the Tate collection are descending on Sydney this summer, courtesy of Sydney International Art Series.
Curated by Emma Chambers (Tate) and Justin Paton (AGNSW), Nude: Art from the Tate Collection spans two centuries, and various attitudes towards the nude form – from heroic, romantic and erotic representations, through domestic and quotidian, modernist and abstract, surreal and realist, and through to the dawn of identity politics, and contemporary feminist visions of the female body.
The line-up includes works by JMW Turner, Sir Hamo Thornycroft, Auguste Rodin, Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Louise Bourgeois, David Hockney, Barkley Hendricks, Rineke Dijkstra, John Currin, Sarah Lucas and Ron Mueck.
While the line-up is predictably male-heavy, given the history of art (there are just 19 female artists out of 70 total), there is some much-needed feminist and queer perspective given in the final stretch of the exhibition, with work by Cindy Sherman, Linder, Tracey Emin and the Guerrilla Girls.
Rodin's 1904 erotic sculpture 'The Kiss' is justifiably being billed as the star of the show: not only has it never been exhibited outside Europe before, the Art Gallery of NSW dramatic (breath-taking!) installation of the piece is, as Emma Chambers has said, the best presentation of this work that she’s seen.