Naked Ambition

A Large Nude Planter with Tattoos, found by Ellen Harvey on eBay, who rendered it lovingly in oil on wood panel for her “Nudist Museum Gift Shop,” a series of paintings of sexy (or not) salt-and-pepper shakers, knives, clocks, and other utilitarian (or not) objects crafted with the nude (usually female) body. They’re all on view at her show at DODGEgallery, along with her stunning installation “The Nudist Museum,” a collage of all the nudes in the Bass Museum of Art, and more works that play our fascination with the way the naked body is rendered in art, objects, and of course museum postcards. Exit through the gift shop!

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