'Erotic Censorship': Leena McCall’s Portrait of Ms Ruby Panel discussion 24th July 2014
Leyden Gallery is delighted to announce that as part of the exhibition of the painting, 'Portrait of Ms Ruby May, Standing' by Leena McCall, it will be holding a special event on the 24th of July. This will consist of a panel discussion that has been sparked by the removal of Leena McCall’s erotic and feminine portrayal of Ms Ruby May from the Mall Galleries. The painting 'Ms Ruby May, Standing' was selected by the Society for Women Artists (SWA) for their 153rd annual exhibition and subsequently removed from the Mall Galleries for being deemed ‘too pornographic and disgusting’. Ms McCall was approached by the Leyden Gallery to show the art work as part of their current Summer Salon (closing on the 26th July). This extraordinary event will gather a select group of guests including the eminent feminist art historian Frances Borzello, whose recent book The Naked Nude was selected as an Observer Art Book of the year. Anna McNay, the art critic writer and journalist who specialises in representations of the body, gender and sexuality. She is Deputy Editor at State media and Art Editor at DIVA magazine. Zoe Margolis is a writer and journalist. She has appeared as a TV pundit on issues around feminism and women's rights especially in relation to the body. Her 2006 book, based on her award-winning blog, 'Girl With A One Track Mind', is an international bestseller.