Sans Spiritual America, Prince Gallery Reopens at the Tate
Source:Artforum Date: 2009-10-16 Size:
A gallery devoted to Richard Prince has reopened at the Tate Modern museum in London without Spiritual America, an image of a ten-year-old Brooke Shields that drew the attention of the police.

 

A gallery devoted to Richard Prince has reopened at the Tate Modern museum in London without Spiritual America, an image of a ten-year-old Brooke Shields that drew the attention of the police, the The Telegraph’s Urmee Khan reports. The Tate Modern was to show the work as part of its larger exhibition “Pop Life: Art in a Material World” but closed the gallery in which it was contained after Scotland Yard warned that the Shields photograph could violate obscenity laws. The picture, which was included in Prince’s retrospective “Spiritual America” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2007, was taken by Prince from another photograph made by Gary Gross in 1976. A statement from the gallery said: “In consultation with the artist, Richard Prince, Tate has replaced Spiritual America, 1983, with a later version of the work made by him in collaboration with Brooke Shields, Spiritual America IV, 2005.” The image shows Shields in the same pose but aged forty and dressed in a bikini. The catalogue, which contained the original image, has been withdrawn from circulation. The Tate states that it “is in discussions with legal advisers about the catalogue.”

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