On Barbara Nessim’s exhibition at Bard: Steven Heller at The Atlantic says “It is not to be missed”.
‘ …by the early ‘60s, Nessim’s illustrations started appearing, ironically, in a new wave of intelligent men’s girlie magazines that focused on lifestyle, culture and sex, following the Esquire and Playboy models. Her work for them was not the typical Saturday Evening Post fare: There was a certain femininity in terms of her soft lines and muted colors, yet the were conceptually and psychologically demonstrative. There was nothing submissive or sweet about her distinct mixture of decorative elegance with hardboiled symbolism, which featured a bit of then-risqué nudity.’
read more in The Atlantic article, 50 Years of Reinventing Illustration