Johnsons In Art began as an Instagram account created by Brett F Harvey to promote the human figure as a means to communicate humanistic ideas.  

This idea stems from Harvey's disappointment in the inability of so many people to separate the idea of the nude from the sexual when viewing art.  Social media outlets are rife with examples of double standards when censoring inappropriate content. 

Harvey was also troubled by the reality that artists of both sexes still seem to depict female nudes in art more often than male nudes. Being a sculptor making work that focuses on ideas of masculinity, he believes in making honest, emotional, introspective artwork. Hence, he is surprised by the number of successful male artists who primarily depict beautiful women, resulting in beautiful--but emotionally shallow--art. His answer is to show the world as many pieces of nude male art as he can find.

@art_dicks was his first account, deleted by Instagram a mere half hour after his initial posts of Michelangelo's David and Lucien Freud's A Portrait of Leigh Bowery.  He chose the name Johnson for its double meaning, and has been flying mostly under the radar ever since.

Read Harvey's essay "Fig Leaves are for Sissies" for more discussion about nudity in art and culture, or just follow the Instagram account @johnsons_in_art and enjoy the images.

Harvey is now conceptually exploring new ways to push the Johnson's message, including curatorial and film projects.

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