Art Freaks: Bodypainted Mortals as Art Stars [NSFW]

Pop Art Freaks © Olaf Breuning

Pop Art Freaks © Olaf Breuning

We’ve seen contemporary art stars (and their signature works) as action figures, haute couture and marshmallows. Now, Swiss artist Olaf Breuning is using nude bodies as the canvas for replicating recognizable painters and paintings. Breuning covered each naked model in bodypaint from head to toe. He calls his series of photographs “Art Freaks“.

Contemporary Art Freaks © Olaf Breuning

Contemporary Art Freaks © Olaf Breuning

Maybe it’s due to bodypaint’s role in 1990s goth/fetish culture or its use by San Francisco street performers, but bodypaint is a pretty lowbrow medium. I guess then it’s interesting to kind of “slum it” with the biggest blue chip art on the market. (I enjoyed testing my art knowledge by naming the artist being represented in each photo. I got almost all of them!)

The press release for “Art Freaks” states:

Stemming from the artist’s recent investigation into his idiosyncratic relationship with modern and contemporary art, the larger than life-sized prints of elaborately painted bodies, which comprise The Art Freaks, conflate the tropes of so-called high and low artistic techniques as they discuss notions of kitsch, cliché, and reproduction.

Olaf Breuning’s “Art Freaks” are on display at Metro Pictures Gallery in New York now through October 29th.

Vincent Van Gogh © Olaf Breuning

Vincent Van Gogh © Olaf Breuning

Click through for closeups of NSFW NUDE Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Jeff Koons, Van Gogh, Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso, Cindy Sherman, Edvard Munch (scary!), Joan Miro, Piet Mondrian, Henri Matisse, Man Ray, Anseri Malevich, Wassily Kandinsky, Yves Klein, Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, Maurizio Anzeri and On Kawara. If you know the artists being represented by the nudes here that I haven’t included in this post, please leave a comment! (Mousing over Breuning’s photos gives a first name clue.)

Jackson Pollack © Olaf Breuning

Jackson Pollock © Olaf Breuning

Pablo Picasso © Olaf Breuning

Pablo Picasso © Olaf Breuning

Cindy Sherman © Olaf Breuning

Cindy Sherman © Olaf Breuning

Takashi Murakami © Olaf Breuning

Takashi Murakami © Olaf Breuning

Edvard Munch © Olaf Breuning

Edvard Munch © Olaf Breuning

Piet Mondrian © Olaf Breuning

Piet Mondrian © Olaf Breuning

Joan Miro © Olaf Breuning

Joan Miro © Olaf Breuning

Henri Matisse © Olaf Breuning

Henri Matisse © Olaf Breuning

Man Ray © Olaf Breuning

Man Ray © Olaf Breuning

Anseri Malevich © Olaf Breuning

Anseri Malevich © Olaf Breuning

Jeff Koons © Olaf Breuning

Jeff Koons © Olaf Breuning

Yves Klein © Olaf Breuning

Yves Klein © Olaf Breuning

Wassily Kandinsky © Olaf Breuning

Wassily Kandinsky © Olaf Breuning

Frida Kahlo © Olaf Breuning

Frida Kahlo © Olaf Breuning

Jasper Johns © Olaf Breuning

Jasper Johns © Olaf Breuning

Damien Hirst © Olaf Breuning

Damien Hirst © Olaf Breuning

Keith Haring © Olaf Breuning

Keith Haring © Olaf Breuning

Louise Bourgeois © Olaf Breuning

Louise Bourgeois © Olaf Breuning

Maurizio Anzeri © Olaf Breuning

Maurizio Anzeri © Olaf Breuning

Andy Warhol © Olaf Breuning

Andy Warhol © Olaf Breuning

Jean-Michel Basquiat © Olaf Breuning

Jean-Michel Basquiat © Olaf Breuning

On Kawara © Olaf Breuning

On Kawara © Olaf Breuning