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At Miami’s Art Basel, Nudity Lost Its Shock Value

At Miami’s Art Basel, Nudity Lost Its Shock Value

A boob. A flaccid penis. A couple having sex. A nude woman. And yes, there is a nude man too. At Miami’s Art Basel, there were naked people everywhere—in the flesh and in the work on display. For “Desire,” his project at this year’s fair, art heavyweight Jeffrey Deitch used Instagram to call on nude female models. Created with another art heavy hitter, Larry Gagosian, “Desire” consists of 50 artists, from Picasso to Tom of Finland and all the way to Keith Haring, showing more “erotic work.” Artist Jeff Koons’s work of a naked couple having intercourse (above) is amongst the collection. Check, more bareness. But wait: nudity is not art, and I, for one, barely noticed all this undress—until I did. As I walked around the white passages of the art fair, I noticed how nobody seemed shocked, or even enthralled, by the nudity on display. Attendees seemed to be more interested in sniffing for celebrities (Was that Sarah Jessica Parker? Did Heidi Klum just talk about her love…

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