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Exhibit canceled in dispute on art

February 14, 2009|Louis Sahagun

A dispute between an artist and her sponsor over whether some of the painter's abstract images of breasts could be viewed as "sexually overt artwork" ended Friday with the cancellation of the public exhibition titled "4 Chambers."

The display of more than 70 works opened Feb. 7 and was scheduled to run through April. It was sponsored by Phantom Galleries LA, a for-profit community outreach program.

The trouble started after program Executive Director Liza Simone said two of the paintings could be viewed as offensive and removed them from the exhibit. The artist, who goes by her first name, Christiana, demanded that the exhibit of her works be an all or nothing display.

-- Louis Sahagun

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