Manhattan Neighborhood Revolted By Artistic Image Of Naked Man
Proof that Manhattan's "cool artistic" vibe of yesteryear has fully moved to the outer boroughs and has been replaced by Disneyland comes from the lobby of the Rivington Design House in the Bowery. An image featuring a casual, naked man that promotes the gallery's current installation by photographer Blek Andersen has angered many of the "locals," apparently.
The image is part of photographer Bek Andersen's installation there, titled "Clothed Female/Naked Male," but is this piece of art ruining the sterile, innocent landscape of Manhattan? Bowery Boogie points out that some neighbors are "fairly irate over the X-rated window garnishment." An Area Prude explained to the site, "The new people in the neighborhood are unaware of how many children live here."
"There is nothing pornographic or offensive happening in that photo," Andersen told Gothamist. "It's a portrait of a man. He is naked, but doing nothing indecent. We see naked women all the time in photos where they are highly sexualized and people don't notice because they are desensitized."
My, how the downtown NYC scene has changed.
Who's in the right, Instincters? The artist or the neighbors?