There might be some legal wrangling in the weeks ahead as an art collaborative, Cory Allen Contemporary Art announced that LA based artist XLAVA is set to include unaltered Jennifer Lawrence naked images as well as Kate Upton naked images in its ‘Fear Google’ exhibit. The show, which opens Oct. 30, will be titled “No Delete.”
The exhibit also will include seven years worth of other leaked images of celebrities ‘in their most vulnerable and private moments, that were comprised by either hackers or the paparazzi,’ according to a news release.
The artist has made his mark in recent years with his contentious use of celebrity images, including a portrait of Britney Spears with her shaved head and nude images of Scarlett Johansson.
Offered publicist Cory Allen: ‘XVALA appropriating celebrity compromised images and the overall ‘Fear Google’ campaign has helped strengthen the ongoing debate over privacy in the digital era,’
‘The commentary behind this show is a reflection of who we are today. We all become ‘users,’ and in the end, we become ‘used.’
That said it is not necessarily understood if the art collective will run into legal hurdles if it chooses to use contested images which have since gone viral on the web. To date lawyers have on behalf of the embroiled celebrities have been reaching out to webmasters (including us) demanding that contested images be taken down.
‘The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence,’ a rep for Lawrence told. Meanwhile, Upton’s publicist threatened: ‘We intend to pursue anyone disseminating or duplicating these illegally obtained images to the fullest extent possible.’
Responded the art collaborative: ‘We’re not posting them… and we don’t see them as photos. [The artist] sees it as art,’
‘He’s not trying to exploit anything. He’s basically just mirroring who we are today. I think if he was really concerned and too worried about the legality side of it, it would challenge the integrity of the art.’
‘We’re not sharing the photos; we’re not posting them; we’re not trying to promote that aspect of it. He is creating the artwork from these images. There are also other images [in the exhibit].’
Complicating matters is the issue of who actually owns the Jennifer Lawrence naked images, to what degree media vendors can re use images for the sake of public interest (do naked images images come under that term, many would argue not) and whether there ought to be heightened censorship on the freedom of the media (we adamantly argue against this) and if so how soon before other contested images or articles, or ideas begin to be classified offensive and invasive of privacy rights? An issue which could severely compromise freedom of thought and choice, issues that the art collective are willing to explore even if might mean receiving calls from lawyers in the days ahead…