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John Button, Alice Neel, Lowell Nesbit, Philip Pearlstein, George Schneeman, Sylvia Sleigh, and Rosemary Strider

The School of Visual Arts

“The Male Nude,” an exhibition organized by John Perreault at the School of Visual Arts Gallery, corroborates the claim of the most conservative art historians, that contemporary artists cannot draw the figure. Of course, the second half of that claim, that they therefore make abstract art does not, in this case, follow—although one might wish it had. The artists in this show are John Button, Alice Neel, Lowell Nesbitt, Philip Pearlstein, George Schneeman, Sylvia Sleigh, and Rosemary Strider. Their work all includes at least one (or in the case of Nesbitt, part of one) male nude. The work incorporates a number of aspects which are objectionable, but from the standpoint of the male nude, he is almost without exception badly drawn. This is most apparent in Schneeman’s pale, washed-out painting of two seated male nudes, Lowell Nesbitt’s larger-than-life seated torso in profile, and Sylvia

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