James Dean 'Nude' Banned From Gallery

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A supposedly nude photograph of screen icon James Dean with an erection has been excluded from a London art exhibition after staff decided the man in the picture was an imposter.

The National Portrait Gallery's (NPG) The World's Most Photographed exhibit includes previously unseen pictures of icons like Marilyn Monroe, MOHAMMED ALI and Elvis Presley, and were offered the controversial shot of Dean by novelist Duncan FALLOWELL.

The shot shows a man, with an erection, up an apple tree. The NPG declined the use of the photograph.

Fallowell says, "They wouldn't display it because it was too naughty. They were initially very keen to see it, but eventually it was vetoed from the top. Unfortunately, the male nude is still taboo, even at the NPG."

Exhibition curator ROBIN MUIR says, "That simply isn't the case - in fact, the photograph is a relatively inoffensive male nude. The problem is it's not James Dean. It's a fuzzy, grainy person up a tree.

"We would have loved to have used it, but we just couldn't be sure it was him."

05/07/2005 05:20

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My former partner had a copy of the James Dean-in-tree photo in his possession back in the late 1960s. There was nothing fuzzy about the photo when I saw it (although I imagine it's been copies a lot over the past 50 years), and it was most definitely James Dean.

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To Whom It May concern: I have been a writer for over 40 years, and wrote about 25 articles in several languages, about Dean. Based on the research conducted by some biographers, the questioned picture appeared about 35 years ago in a couple of their publications. I have seen it, and I feel it is authentic. I lived in Paso Robles for a number of years and had the opportunity, as a child, of seeing Dean in Mendocino, during the filming of East of Eden. Some of his friends in Indiana claimed the man in the picture is Dean. Perhaps the Museum in England consider the picture or photograph of Dean obscene.
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