Artist will not show hacked naked celeb photos after all

Published September 9 2014
Updated September 9 2014

Simmer down, everyone.

An exhibit of enlarged prints of hacked photographs of Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton that was scheduled to debut at a St. Petersburg art gallery in October will not go on view.

Since Cory Allen, owner of Cory Allen Contemporary Art, announced the show about a week ago, he and artist XVALA have received international media attention and a withering barrage of protests and criticism. But Allen said in a news release that the cancellation came because of several organized petition efforts.

"It was inspiring to see people take action through a petition, signing their name and not just commenting on a thread," he said.

The new prints would have been part of an ongoing portfolio by the Los Angeles-based artist (real name Jeff Hamilton) titled Fear Google that uses unauthorized celebrity photographs, usually nude and female, as "commentary to better define the gray areas of individual privacy in the digital age," according to the release.

The show will still go on at the space at 2121 Second Ave. S but XVALA will use "self-shot, life-size nude images" of himself.

Doubtful any petitions will be circulated objecting to them.