The Lovely And Larger-Than-Life Nude Portraits You Need To See

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samel-bayer-300Even if his name isn't instantly recognizable, there's a very good chance you're familiar with — and even downright love — Samuel Bayer's work. Ever heard of a little song called "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? Bayer directed the music video for the chart-topping, award-winning Nirvana tune. His résumé also boasts Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Nightmare on Elm Street, and a bevy of other well-known titles.

In addition to his prowess directing, Bayer is also a talented photographer — and now we get to witness it in the flesh! For the first time, his staggering 12-foot black-and-white nude triptychs (a fancy word for three-panel works of art) will be on display at Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills. Inspired by Helmut Netwon's Big Nudes series and Nan Goldin's video work, Bayer's art explores the relationship between female empowerment and voyeurism. Plus, the intriguing pieces are in good company: Andy Warhol and David Oppenheimer are just some of the other artists on display at the gallery.

When: Sunday, March 3 through Saturday, April 27
Where: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills, 9430 Wilshire Boulevard (near Reeves Drive); 310-858-9090.

Photo: Via Samuel Bayer