Artists Kenneth Knowlton and LD Harmon Type a Naked Lady

Kenneth Knowlton and LD Harmon’s (1966). Photo: Image courtesy of James Fuentes.

As early as 1966, artists were finding ways around flesh-and-blood nudity. Think of Kenneth Knowlton and LD Harmon’s Studies in Perception (an Olympia-esque nude pictured via computer-generated symbols as determined by halftone densities) as an early take on those labor-intensive typographic pictures shared circa 1998 in creepy AOL chat rooms. Studies in Perception is part of a small but studied “Programming Chance” show at Soho’s Elizabeth Harvey Foundation curated by Chinatown gallerist James Fuentes, up through December 8. —Rachel Wolff