Monday, October 6, 2008

Controversial Australian artist's model scouting at school sparks outrage

Australian artist Bill Henson, whose portraits of naked children triggered a police investigation, is embroiled in a new controversy with the publication of a book that reveals the artist was allowed to look for child models at a primary school.

Police shut down an exhibition of Henson's in May after complaints that the images were pornographic. Many artists, including actress Cate Blanchett, came to his defence.

In the end, prosecutors said there was no reasonable prospect of a conviction and returned 20 seized works.

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