What is Unacceptable Nudity?

Unacceptable nudity refers both to the history of censorship in art, and to pictures that I found personally unacceptable- pictures that I am going to post here for your enjoyment. Why I found them unacceptable I’ll explain in a moment.

Here I will be writing about my Art, Sex and Censorship project. This is a computer based class that covers the history of censorship in art from 1409 to 1940. It is a massive project many years in the making.

Part of what makes it massive is the inclusion of 10,000 digitally enhanced works of nude and erotic art. They have all been color adjusted, the dust and scratches and cracks and stains have been removed, they have been sharpened- a whole bunch of stuff has been done to them to make them look better. And they are all in high-def resolution. They really look great.

There are a lot of paintings though that we could not find good sources for. Nothing we could do would help them make the cut. This blog is their final resting place. We may have tweaked them a little here and there, but they are just not good enough- to me they are unacceptable for this project- simply unacceptable nudity. In the Artist Pictures section you’ll find hundreds of unacceptable works of art, at a resolution of 500 pixels high because most of them fall apart any larger than that. We’ll also include a little abut some of the 700 artists included in the pictures, as well as explanations for what some of the pictures mean.

In The Process section, I’ll be writing about what went into creating a project of this complexity, the tools I used, some of the techniques, and a bit about the research we continue to do on the 750 artists, since we won’t be finished until the second quarter of 2012.

I’ll try and keep this entertaining, and at least provide you with a lot of interesting pictures to look at. And if you have any leads on where we can find clean high-res scans or sources for any of these unacceptable works, we’d love to hear about it. They may also be here because I was uncertain of the title, or even the artist. Any corrections are most welcome.

Jeff Booth

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