Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing (painting)

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Lesson Planned

Artist: Leena McCall

Year: 2014

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: Europe

Location: London, England

Subject: Explicit Sexuality, Nudity


Confronting Bodies: The Mall Gallery, London

Description of Artwork: Leena McCall's "Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing" is a painting meant to deal with female sexuality and erotic identity, specifically how women choose to express their sexual identity beyond the male gaze.

The Incident: The painting was selected to hang in the Mall Gallery by the Society for Women Artists (SWA) for their 153rd annual exhibition June 26-July 5, 2014.

Two days after a special Charity Evening and the Private View the picture "Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing" was removed by the Mall Galleries for being "too pornographic and disgusting."

Results of Incident: The Mall Gallery has declined to comment on the censorship. Artist Leena McCall has asked supporters to speak out via Twitter and Facebook.

Source: http://www.artlyst.com/articles/mall-gallery-removes-leena-mccall-painting-deemed-too-pornographic-and-disgusting


How is this painting 'pornographic' and 'disgusting'?

This Painting by Leena McCall Was Removed From a Gallery in London Because of "Disgusting" Pubic Hair, by Andrew LaSane

London gallery removes Leena McCall painting deemed too pornographic and disgusting