Tate Modern has bowed to pressure from London's Metropolitan police and permanently removed a controversial photograph of film star Brooke Shields from public view. The image, which depicts the year-old actor nude and heavily made up, was originally taken in the s for a Playboy publication, then reproduced by artist Richard Prince in a work entitled Spiritual America. It had been a key part of Tate's Modern's Pop Life showwhich also contains works by Warhol, Jeff Koons and Cosey Fanni Tutti, but the room containing it was sealed off following a visit by officers from the Met's obscene publications unit two weeks ago.
Anyone who has seen the inside of Brooke Shields's home—either on Instagram or in the pages of AD —knows the model is an avid art collector. Whether it be the Keith Haring heart above her fireplace or Will Cotton's portrayal of her daughters, Shields knows a good piece of work when she sees it. But the artwork she's owned the longest—which is still in her Greenwich Village townhouse to this day—is from a less well-known name: one of her roommates at Princeton.
The room is dark red and womb like. On one wall hangs a photograph, fairly small, surrounded by a wide, white mount inside a tacky gilt frame. You have to get close to really see the image.
The controversial photograph shows Shields nude in a bathtub. Photo: Gary Gross. Ina ten year-old Brooke Shields stood for a portrait from photographer Gary Gross.
His body of work is unknown, eclipsed by a single pictorial he undertook for American socialite Teri Shields. InGarry Gross scribbled his name into a dubious footnote in the history of photography by photographing a nude year-old Brooke Shields. The rest was history — and a rancorous one as that.
A controversial piece of art based on a nude photograph of actress Brook Shields has been removed from a London art exhibit over concerns that it breaches the U. The piece shows a year-old Shields, nude, oiled, and heavily made-up, standing in a bathtub and looking directly at the camera. The Tate Modern took down the provocative piece called "Spiritual America" by American artist, Richard Prince, after Metropolitan Police launched an investigation. The artwork was based on the infamous image of Shields taken by photographer Garry Gross.
A nude photograph of actress Brooke Shields aged 10, removed from a Tate Modern exhibition on. The room containing the work by the US artist Richard Prince, was closed after the gallery was given. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
By Florence Waters. The removal of a photograph of Brooke Shields from the Tate Modern gallery has divided opinion about about whether art institutions should have the freedom to display shocking images. The picture 'Spiritual America' by Richard Prince, which features a naked Brooke Shields as a ten year old child, was described by this paper's art critic as "one of the most interesting works" in the Tate's latest exhibition. However, police deemed the photograph a "magnet" for paedophiles.