"> Name: Photograph of nude 10-year-old Brooke Shields removed from the Tate Modern a day before the exhibit was to open.

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Europe



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Artist: Richard Prince

Confronting Bodies: Tate Modern, Scotland Yard

Date of Action: September 30, 2009

Specific Location: Tate Modern, London, UK

Description of Artwork: "Spiritual America" is a photograph of a nude 10-year-old Brooke Shields. It was originally taken by Gary Gross. Richard Prince then took the photograph, put it in a gilded frame, and displayed it without any commentary on it.

Description of Incident: The Tate was supposed to display "Spiritual America" as part of their Pop Life exhibition. Police officers saw coverage of the exhibit in newspapers. They consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service and decided to preempt any breach of obscenity law by forcing the Tate to take down the work.

Results of Incident: "Spiritual America" was not shown at the Tate as part of their Pop Life exhibit.

Source: The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2009/sep/30/brooke-shields-naked-tate-modern

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