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A work of art by London and Berlin based visual artist Leena McCall has been removed from The Mall Gallery, London for being deemed ‘too pornographic and disgusting’. The painting was selected by the Society for Women Artists (SWA) for their 153rd annual exhibition.

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.

Leena McCall said: “My work deals with female sexual and erotic identity. The fact that the gallery has deemed the work inappropriate and seen it necessary to have it removed from public display underlines the precise issue I am trying to address: how women choose to express their sexual identity beyond the male gaze.”

Leena McCall’s artwork explores the female sense of erotic and how women choose to express their own erotic identity. Throughout art history, women have been portrayed (largely by men) as the object intended for...

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