Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Take Home a Nude

It was a long weekend and I have just got back to London. I met up with a friend of mine, who came back from New York last week, for dinner. She was telling me all the exiciting stories about “Take Home a Nude 2008’ Art Auction at Phillips de Pury & Company - The New York Academy of Art which was founded by Andy Warhol and Tom Wolfe as the first graduate school in U.S. devoted solely to the study of the human figure, has a fundraiser selling a top collection of art nudes each year.

To celebrate 25th anniversary of New York Academy of Art, the special bonus of year 2008 (sponsored by MAC cosmetics) was that they had a series of paintings of Dita Von Teese naked by 12 artists, such as Will Cotton and designer Cynthia Rowley, along side of the works by Andy Warhol, Jamie Wyeth and many other great artists. I really wish I was there, but we can still share these beautiful paintings.




To celebrate 25th anniversary of New York Academy of Art, the special bonus of year 2008 (sponsored by MAC cosmetics) was that they had a series of paintings of Dita Von Teese naked by 12 artists, such as Will Cotton and designer Cynthia Rowley, along side of the works by Andy Warhol, Jamie Wyeth and many other great artists. I really wish I was there, but we can still share these beautiful paintings.

  • A Beautiful Selection of Dita Von Teese Paintings & Sketches

Dita Von Teese By David Humphrey


Dita Von Teese by Ellen Altfest


Dita Von Teese By Inka Essenhigh


Dita Von Teese by John Wellington


Dita Von Teese by Will Cotton


Dita Von Teese By Beatrix Ost


  • About Andy Warhol
Andy without His Glasses by Jamie Wyeth
fetched the auction's highest bid for $125,000


Body Builder by Andy Warhol (a), 1982

Body Builder by Andy Warhol (b), 1982

  • Other Great Works
Two Standing Nudes by Philip Pearlstein, 1965

Cover Art By Eric Fischl, 1998


Bath Tub by Bonnie Dewitt


Miles of Smiles by Kenny Scharf, 2006

Untitled (House Bunnies) by Ray Johnson, 1980


France 5 (Biennale De Lyon) by Spencer Tunick, 2005


Meringue Study by Will Cotton, 2008
This is a very sensual, beautiful and quirky piece - I love it!

19 comments:

readysetfashion said...

snap! the dita illustrations are beautiful....what a great post.

Wendy said...

The Dita paintings are all so different but so gorgeously done.

AlicePleasance said...

Dita is so beautiful; I like a lot the portraits expecially the one by Inka Essenhigh

Charlotte said...

I'm a fan of Dita van Teese. Her style is burlesque, her show is burlesque, she really lives the burlesque live-style. There are some of this paintings of her, which show the real Dita. Picture by Inka Essenhigh and John Wellington show her style best.

Easy Child said...

These paintings are vastly differently done, but each shows its individuality. The paintings of Dita Von Teese shows the charm of burlesque queen so beautifully.

I'm also drawn to Meringue Study by Will Cotton! You are so right, it is very sensual and quirky!

Well done, I really love reading all your posts!

French Dream said...

Dita Von Teese is just elegant and charming! Each sketch of Dita shows quite different sides of hers. Love them alllllllll! Love your blog!

Miss at la Playa said...

the bathtub one is so beatiful

Rose said...

wooo, i hope the pictures are not too much for me, lol, and i just realised your comment on my blog. suddenly, i felt so ashamed of my bare foot'ed feet after looking at ur red patent VV heels, they're drop dead gorgeous! *lusting*

see you around:)

enc said...

These are great. Thank you for sharing. I don't think I'd have found them otherwise.

stilettostetico said...

Dita von Teese is really a Staggering "néo-Pin up made for Fantasy " . . . and "Paris Crazy Horse Saloon " !!!! Indeed, a Fabulous artistical Muse . . . John Wellington's composition is singularly Gorgeous : a sulfurous mix of Statuesque serenity, of Voluptuous lasciviousness . . .
ps: Thanks Infinitely for your refined comment, Dear !!! I'm frankly glad to be in "cyber contact" with a person like You.

A Bientot, Antoine

Times of Glory said...

Thank you all your guys. I like Dita Von Teese a lot and these paintings and sketches catpure a lot of her mysterious beauty!

I also love "Bath Tub", which has rather pretty sense of humour...

Times of Glory said...

To Stilettostetico: Your beautiful and precise comments can only make me speechless! I agree, John Wellington did a brilliant job.

Actually, I was hoping to see if Will Cotton could do a oil on canvas for Dita, but he did a sketch. It is also great, but I guess he may capture Dita more by doing oil xx

Kira Fashion said...

hi!

amazing!! all the paintings are so good, i think Dita really was really great on the job. I read an article that she was about 3 hours nude for the artists and i wasn´t ashamed at all...in her place, i couldn´t! hehehee

A kiss!
i love your blog!

Times of Glory said...

To Kira Fashion: Thank you for lovely comment. Yes, that's right. I really admire her confidence!

She was posing for quite a while and she said in the interview, "... While I was posing, I just pictured myself in Paris, in the '20s, as a poor woman who had to pose nude to survive and feed myself..."

Winnie said...

I do like the images of dita von teese. Lovely watercolours/sketches.
I used to love Andy Warhol but not so much nowadays- he is overrated!

Times of Glory said...

To Winnie: I'm glad you like Dita, since I do like her and these paintings.

I understand what you were saying about Andy Warhol. Nowadays, most of arts have been tightly related to commercial value, so Andy Warhol was down the heart of the art and therefore became the heart of the commercial ...

Jello on Springs said...

Oh i love the ones of Dita, they're beautiful

The Seeker said...

So beautiful paintings of Dita.

Thank you for sharing.
xx

ambika said...

I love Dita. I had no idea she'd been sketched/painted so much and love all of them.