Spectacular Breasts: Mapping Cultural Fascinations

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Nipples at the Met - art blog project

Loving this nipple project, mapping artifacts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The man behind the work is James Cabot Ewart - and you can check out his tumblr page/nipple display here.

The photos have the effect of de-sexualising the nipple through repetition and framing (circle in a square). Instead the work shifts attention to texture and colour.

Ewart explains the project to the Huffington Post:

I’ve taken all the photographs and am planning on capturing all the nipples at the Met. I had to create a set of ground rules: I’m only photographing exposed human nipples, but am still on the fence about the inclusion of human/animal hybrids (so many fauns…), and there’s no photography allowed for the traveling exhibits which is a shame, but at the same time a relief. I’m still working on the project, but hope to be done photographing by the end of April. So far I’ve photographed 832 nipples, and only have the Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Arms & Armor wings left to do. There will be many more.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/nipples-at-the-met-photos_n_1382426.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000008

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