Art historians and critics have put forward a startling theory that photographer Spencer Tunick is actually a "smug, talentless no-mark", and his huge vistas of landmarks surrounded by naked people are "a bit crap, artistically speaking".
The research comes as the The Lowry, in Salford, commissioned Tunick to create a piece of work in Salford and neighbouring Manchester in May.
Tunick's most recent installation took place at the Sydney Opera house in February
"Salford and Manchester presents an intriguing prospect for my latest UK installation, based both on the rich industrial heritage that exists across both cities and evoking the art of LS Lowry," Tunick said at the announcement of the commission yesterday.
Lead Researcher Simon D'Anville replied "That's all well and good, but aside from the mild thrill of seeing a lot of naked people, what's it all about? And this Lowry comparison is guff- at least he painted stuff. Tunick just turns up with a load of nude hippies and points a Kodak at them."
Kate Farrell, The Lowry's curator of special exhibitions disagreed, and urged people to take part.
She said: "This is a one-off chance to feature in an international artwork and to become part of a global network of Tunick participants. Well, it's a one-off unless you count all the other times Spencer has done this in the past. And if you ignore the times he will do it in the future as long as people like me pay him vast sums of money to jet around the world taking pictures a child with an instamatic could manage, given the opportunity".
Whilst controversial within art circles, the report has won over hearts and minds with the man in the street.
Steve White of Winnersh said that, whilst the photographs were eyecatching, "even if you squint really hard, you can't see any of the good bits. Why not just take a photo of one big person, rather than a big photo of lots of little people? You'd get to see it all then, and in my book that is art."