Recently, the artist Matthew Weinstein was thrown off Facebook for posting Gustave Courbet’s The Origin of the World—the work having been deemed too racy by the nerdy overlords who run Facebook. New York magazine art critic Jerry Saltz quickly jumped in with an email defense of Mr. Weinstein that read as follows:
Facebook just blocked/deleted Matthew Weinstein after he posted Courbet’s 1866 masterpiece, “Origin of the World” on his own FB page. It is sickening. Terrifying. I for one will really miss his strong, smart, hysterically funny voice on this page. (FB recently sent me several warnings about “unacceptable” language & images and spontaneously deleted a number of these images & comments from this page. So butterflies and dragons, beware….) Sigh.
According to the Huffington Post, Mr. Weinstein’s Facebook page was subsequently restored, and included a message on his wall from the Facebook team that apologized for the page’s brief removal, and indicated that the site’s “policies are designed to prohibit real world nudity.” In what’s so far been a pretty slow news week, all of this has got us to thinking: what are some other artworks, many of which include what could be construed as “real world nudity,” that might cause the social networking site’s glasses to fog? And so we’ve gone ahead and compiled some, by a group of terrific artists, in the accompanying slideshow.
When the Huffington Post weighed in about L’Affair Weinstein, it included a reproduction of the Courbet, preceded by a warning to readers, and since the Courbet is part of our own slideshow, we’ll go ahead and appropriate that: Editor’s Disclaimer: This post contains images of the human form that some consider graphic and may be inappropriate viewing for a workplace setting.
UPDATE: 1/6/2012: Click here for one we forgot about… Silly us.