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04/19/2007


Professor Paints 'Anatomical Man' on Actual Man: PHOTOS

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Australian lecturer Claudia Diaz has been teaching human anatomy for over 20 years, and after seeing the boredom that rote memorization of the human musculoskeletal system imparted on her students, she decided to try something a bit more hands-on. Diaz introduced what she calls the "anatomical man," a student who sits patiently while other anatomy students paint directly on his body the muscles, tendons, and bones that would be visible underneath his skin.

The RMIT University lecturer says that the project has inspired and motivated her students since she introduced it in 2010, and that it has helped her students shed their inhibitions about their bodies and studying human anatomy. It probably doesn't hurt when the subject is an attractive young man in a thong, either.

See the finished product, AFTER THE JUMP...

More photos at Beautiful Decay...

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Russian Police Seize Painting of Putin in Women's Lingerie, Shut Down St. Petersburg Gallery

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Russian police have seized a painting from a St. Petersburg gallery that depicts President Vladimir Putin brushing PM Dmitry Medvedev's hair while the two wear women's lingerie, Reuters reports:

The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at lawmakers who have backed legislation banning so-called gay propaganda, gallery staff said. The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at lawmakers who have backed legislation banning so-called gay propaganda, gallery staff said.

The latter painting featured Vitaly Milonov, co-author of Russia's bill banning gay propaganda, together with a rainbow flag.

Gallery owner Alexander Donskoy called it an "illegal seizure". It's not clear whether the reason behind the seizure was because of Russia's law banning insult of authorities or its ban on gay propaganda.


Watch a Brooklyn Artist's Intimate 84-Minute Gay Kiss: VIDEO

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Brooklyn-based artist Idan Bitton writes us:

I recently posted one of my videos on YouTube. The video features a kiss between me and a fellow male artist. As the video started becoming popular, and surprisingly inspiring to viewers, it got flagged and age restricted on YouTube while other "straight" kissing videos are not. Some of them even have titles such as "How to Kiss Dirty" and such.

I wanted to bring this to your attention in the hopes of raising the awareness to this issue with the help of Towleroad.

Adds Bitton on YouTube:

First Kiss is a 84 minute kiss video between the artists Idan Bitton and Alfredo Calle Ferran. While the camera is still, the kiss is in motion provoking the viewer to stay and watch. Idan and Alfredo do not interact with the viewer, but offer a peek into their intimate moments of commitment. This long lasting, present and unapologetic kiss defines our current gay rights momentum. We are here, we love each other, and this is what it looks like.

Watch Bitton's 90-minute kiss, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Lady Gaga Unveils Details on New Single, App, Album 'ARTPOP'

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At approximately 3 am ET, Lady Gaga posted a set of images to her Facebook announcing her new single would be released on August 19th, along with an app on September 1, and the full album on November 11.

Wrote Gaga: "Altering the human experience with social media, we bring ARTculture into POP in a reveres Warholian expedition..."

On November 10, the night before the album's release, Gaga will host "an evening of artRave exhibiting Haus of Gaga's projects as well as collaborations with Inez & Vinoodh, Robert Wilson, Marina Abramovic, and Jeff Koons"

Full announcement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ancient Egyptian Statue Mysteriously Starts Turning in British Museum: VIDEO

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So, this is wild: a nearly 4000-year-old Egyptian statue in the collection of England's Manchester Museum has recently started to spin slowly in its display without any help from the outside world.  Gawker has the details

time-lapse video released by the museum shows the 4000-year-old relic of Neb-Senu slowly turning around inside its case without any apparent assistance from the outside world.

Found in a mummy's tomb some 80 years ago, the statue has been kept encased at the museum ever since.

Its current caretaker, Campbell Price, was the first one to notice the strange phenomenon, and says he first realized something was off when he found the statue askew, reset it, and then found it askew again the following day.

According to The Telegraph, British particle physicist Brian Cox--known for his frequent appearances on the BBC--thinks the statue's movement is being caused by differential friction.  Price isn't buying that theory, The Telegraph reports:

[Price] went on the cast doubt on Prof Cox's explanation: “Brian thinks it’s differential friction, where two surfaces - the serpentine stone of the statuette and glass shelf it is on - cause a subtle vibration which is making the statuette turn.

“But it has been on those surfaces since we have had it and it has never moved before. And why would it go around in a perfect circle?”

Price's explanation?  "In Ancient Egypt they believed that if the mummy is destroyed then the statuette can act as an alternative vessel for the spirit," he told the paper. "Maybe that is what is causing the movement."

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Andy Warhol's Summer Portraits Up for Auction at Christie's: PHOTOS

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Lot 70
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) 
Fire Island Party 
dated 'Aug 02 1982' (on the reverse) 
unique gelatin silver print 
10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm.) 

Executed in 1982.
Estimate:  $2,000 – 3,000
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

Coinciding with the celebration of Pride this month, Christie's has announced an online-only auction of 200 photographs, prints and drawings by Andy Warhol that focus on the male nude. The pieces are available to bid on now through June 27 online (warning: link work-unfriendly). 

From Christie's:

"Throughout his career, Warhol depicted male nudes through photography or drawing, often using gay underground culture as his backdrop. His visual explorations of the complexity of sexuality and desire chronicle the momentous changes within the gay community in the late 20th century,when many young men were flocking to urban centers such as New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans from their suburban and rural hometowns. With the anonymity of the city came the opportunity for a subculture that was both self sustaining and self defining. Warhol himself moved from Pittsburgh to New York in the summer of 1949, and witnessed first hand both the blossoming of the gay community in the 1970s and the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic that battered the community in the 1980s."

Check out a few more images of works (a preview exclusive to Towleroad) that are up for auction AFTER THE JUMP...

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