The Great Nude Invitational

Fans of the figurative are in luck—they now have an art fair of their own. This week marks the arrival of The Great Nude Invitational. The first-time art fair/artist exhibition runs from May 13 to 16 at the Roger Smith Hotel in Manhattan.

Special events include an Opening Night Reception, drawing workshops on Friday and Sunday and a panel discussion on Sunday. One highlight is the evening Sketch Parties with nude models. Admission is $25 and includes one free drink and admission to the art fair. Regular admission to the fair is $10 or $5 with a valid museum membership card. Entrance to The Opening Night Reception is $20.

The Invitational highlights the work of around 20 artists. The talent is international: artists hail from France, Germany, Norway, Poland and the United States. Making the cut are two Long Island artists: colorist photographer Tapp Franke from Southampton and illustrator-watercolorist Mary Larsen from Shelter Island.

The Invitational emphasizes a body of work from a single artist who work with the nude form. Artwork ranges from classical realism to cutting edge contemporary. Emerging artists and heavy hitters are part of the show.

Well-known artists include Odd Nerdrum, Adam Miller, Richard T. Scott, Fedele Spadafora and others. Their work is a part of a special exhibition titled Corpus Hermeticum. It is curated by Leah Poller and presented in cooperation of The Nerdrum Institute.

The Great Nude Invitational was founded by Jeffrey Wiener and Robert Curcio. Mr. Wiener is the publisher of the, which is presenting the fair. Mr. Curcio co-founded the Scope art fairs. The pair expects The Great Nude Invitational to be a recurring event.

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Pat Rogers is a freelance writer specializing in arts and culture on Long Island. When not going to art openings or interviewing actors or musicians, she’s looking for the next interesting story.