October 1, 2009

Tate pulls controversial Shields photo

London's Tate Modern gallery has removed a controversial nude portrait of a 10-year-old Brooke Shields from an exhibition after a visit from police.

The photo, featuring the model and actress in heavy makeup and no clothes, was taken decades ago, reportedly with her mother's permission. said members of the police Obscene Publications Unit went to the gallery Wednesday after receiving a complaint from the British child-advocacy group Kidscape because the image was to be displayed in the Pop Life: Art in a Material World exhibition, starting Thursday.

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, quoted a Scotland Yard spokesman as saying.