Starred Review. Author, award-winning poet and professional artists' model Rooney (Reading with Oprah, Something Really Wonderful) uses everything from Roland Barthes quotations to sitcom episode synopses off the internet (specifically, fortunecity.com on Growing Pains) to explore the myths and realities of nude modeling. Despite the fact that it largely consists of sitting still for hours on end, Rooney keeps work stories compelling: "with the sculptors continually approaching... to rotate you slightly... it's like you're on the world's slowest and most boring Teacup Ride." Posing for an advanced sculpting class working on life-sized renderings, Rooney merges her experience with a look at China's ancient Terra Cotta Army; elsewhere she tackles semantics, quoting art historian Kenneth Clark on the difference between "naked" and "nude." Happily, Rooney is perfectly willing to satisfy readers' curiosity upfront in order to move in more philosophical directions, going from awkward first impressions ("the first thing they ask is, 'Like, naked?'") to questions of safety and empowerment ("I feel safer from sexual predation naked in the art studio than I do... clothed on the street"). This esoteric, organic meditation on life as an art object is itself a model of personal writing, perfect for those on either side of the easel.
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A very interesting and unusual account of art making from the nude model's eyes. Some very insightful and frank surprises.Published 1 month ago by Roger Schutter
Fun book to read. It's good to see the other side of the coin.Published 8 months ago by California Reader
This is an interesting, erudite memoir of a woman who poses nude for artists. Their is nothing salacious in this book. It is tasteful, well written, interesting, and informative.Published 18 months ago by William R. Toddmancillas
During Lady Gaga's entertaining Thanksgiving special she joked about her brief gig as a life model for singer and visual artist Tony Bennett. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Gregg Chadwick
"Live Nude Girl" is a beautifully written, witty exploration of a thoughtful mind. Kathleen Rooney is a master at making sublime observations about a career few people think about... Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by Jeremy Brett
I am a photograpaher who works extensively with nude models. I find that this book has given me insights into my work from the model's point of view and has made me a better... Read morePublished on March 17, 2011 by LightMaster
What this book isn't- an erotic novel where an art model seduces you.
What this book is- this book is a retelling of one art model's experiences in the art modeling... Read more
An uneven book, interesting at times but also tedious and dull. Rooney seems too much the young college student, living in her head and forever quoting this expert or that study. Read morePublished on October 30, 2009 by S. Murray
Kathleen Rooney's Live Nude Girl uses the loose structure of a memoir of her days as an artists' model to explore large issues that wouldn't be immediately apparent to the... Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by Mitchell Brown