Re: Public displaying of Nude Art
This is the sort of discussion that could go on forever, but Jason's recent reply has prompted me to make some additional comments. I would say that idealization or remoteness; coolness, so to speak, plays a central part in this nude/naked issue. Practiced artists know the difference and how to go one way or the other.
To be sure, photography changed the situation dramatically, and people such as Mapplethorpe and Koons probably considered that they were pushing to extend the definition. That is, they were (are) engaged in semantics - sharpening or redefining the meanings of these words. That, too, is something that can go on forever, with the process being more self-conscious these days.