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Del Mar resident's book sheds light on longtime taboo subject

By Joe Tash


In his new book, Bram Dijkstra delves into musty museum basements and collectors’ closets to unveil what he considers a taboo treasure of American art — paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures of the naked human body.

Dijkstra, a Del Mar resident and professor emeritus of comparative literature and cultural history at UCSD, recently released “Naked — The Nude In America,” in which he displays more than 400 works by prominent and lesser-known artists, and makes the case that America still embraces prudish inhibitions when it comes to images of unclothed men and women.

“No subject has ever...