Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tate Modern temporarily shuts down exhibition containing photo of nude 10-year-old Brooke Shields

Britain's Tate Modern has temporarily closed an exhibition that includes a nude image of a 10-year-old Brooke Shields, The Associated Press reports.

Richard Price's 1983 work “Spiritual America” was due to go on display Thursday, however the internationally renowned London museum shut down its exhibit, "Pop Life, Art in a Material World," after a visit from a London police unit that deals with obscene publications.

“The officers have specialist experience in this field and are keen to work with gallery management to ensure that they do not inadvertently break the law or cause any offense to their visitors,” a Scotland Yard spokesman told London’s Daily Mail.

Sale of the catalogue that accompanies the exhibition is also on hold.

After reports came out that the controversial photo was to be displayed, children’s advocates and religious groups launched a demand for the removal of the exhibit.

The work, which is actually a photograph of a photograph taken in 1975 by artist Gary Gross, shows a nude 10-year-old Shields, heavily made-up and oiled, looking directly at the camera while standing in a bath tub.

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