I think nudes are one of the most difficult subjects to get just right, and each viewer will have his or her own personal definitions of what is graceful, or tasteful, or altogether too much. To my eye, Clergue's nudes walk the knife edge. While I can certainly appreciate the photographer's craft in the making of these images, a few too many cross some invisible line for me into the realm of the posed and artificial. Some do have a simple and refined elegance, but many more fall into the slightly overdone and all-too-obvious, as if Weston's nudes were over amplified into a more full bodied and sometimes almost campy cliche.
- Exhibit: UCR/California Museum of Photography, 1997 (here)
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