From our Grey Lady pearl-clutching desk
As the hardblushing staff has dutifully noted for the past handful of years, the New York Times is increasingly willing to bare all in the name of art – or commerce – in its advertising.
Representative samples include this ulp-skirt ad from Louis Vuitton five years ago . . .
and this Gagosian Gallery ad three years ago . . .
and this Christie’s ad the same year . . .
and this M.S. Ray Antiques ad two years ago . . .
and this really weird Met Breuer ad last year.
Now comes the latest Naked City ad in the Times, from Friday’s Weekend Arts II section.
The Acquavella exhibit Lucian Freud: Monumental (through May 24) looks, well, very Lucian.
Acquavella Galleries is pleased to present Lucian Freud: Monumental, a loan exhibition focusing on the artist’s naked portraits, a subject that has long enjoyed special significance in his oeuvre. Curated by the artist’s longtime studio assistant and friend, David Dawson, Monumental will include thirteen major paintings, including depictions of his most important models from the 1990s and 2000s.
Regardless, that latest Times ad represents one more instance of the Grey Lady opening the kimono.
Wider and wider.