Nude Photo of 10-Year-Old Brooke Shields Removed from Tate: Photo
The nude photo of a 10-year-old Brooke Shields has been removed from the Tate Modern Gallery in London by the police as there is a concern it could be in breach of child pornography laws. The photograph was set to go on display October 1st as part of the exhibition called Pop Life: Art In A Material World.
The photo is entitled Spiritual America and shows the young actress standing naked in a bathtub, staring at the camera with a heavily made-up face and an oiled torso.
Part of the photograph can be seen here.
This photo on display was taken by Richard Prince, but it is a photograph of a photograph, with the original taken by Garry Cross and commissioned by Brooke Shield's mother.
Police officers from the Metropolitan Police went to the Tate yesterday and have removed the photograph as it could breach the Obscene Publications Act.
Children's campaigners called the picture a 'magnet for paedophiles'.
It was even hung in its own room behind closed doors with the warning that the work was challenging to the viewer. The Tate had consulted lawyers before exhibiting the picture, but now the exhibit is temporarily closed and they are in discussions with police.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "Officers from the Obscene Publications Unit met with staff at the Tate Modern regarding an image. 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 offence to their visitors."
Ms. Shields had tried to buy the negatives for the picture in 1981, but the judge ruled she was a 'hapless victime of a contract... to which two grasping adults bound her'.
The photograph had appeared once in a Playboy Press publication, but this would have been the first time it would have been shown in a British gallery.
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