Artist: "Christiana" (Artist goes by her first name)
Date of Action: February 2009
Region: North America
Location: Long Beach, California
Confronting Bodies: Phantom Galleries L.A.
Description of Artwork: Two paintings--part of a collection of 70 works titled "4 Chambers"--depicting female nudes, rendered in a panoply of blue and orange hues.
The Incident: Phantom Galleries L.A., a group that makes use of vacant buildings for temporary art displays, arranged to have artist "Christiana" show 70 works in a show titled, "4 Chambers." The sponsor of the show--Phantom Galleries--targeted two of the paintings for their "overt sexual nudity."
Results of Incident: While the artist defended her work, noting that "there is nothing obscene or pornographic about either of the these paintings," the sponsors insisted that, as the directors of the program, it was permissible for them to exclude as many of the works as they felt necessary.