Spencer Tunick loves to put on a show, preferably one with tons of naked bodies. Location (public) is essential, although he can no longer shoot in the USA. Because of the nature of his work which explores and expands the social, political and legal issues surrounding art in the public sphere, Tunick has been arrested five times while attempting to work outdoors in New York City.
Soon after his fifth arrest in Times Square in 1999,” determined to create his work on the streets of New York, the artist filed a Federal Civil Rights Law Suit against the city to protect himself and his participants from future arrests. In May 2000, the Second U.S. District Court sided with Tunick, recognizing that his work was protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
After the fact, Tunick has been all over the world creating his amazing images. They are not images one recognizes at first glance, they require thought and concentration. His use of composition and color add layers to the socio-political implications ; arresting, interesting work emerges.
His work has taken him to countries such as Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Mexico and Australia, in fact, in Mexico he broke his previous record of attendance ; over 18,000 naked people showed up at The Zócalo in Mexico City.
A poem is a naked person… Some people say that I am a poet. Bob Dylan
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