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Painting of Adam Returned to Display After ACLU Complaint

April 21, 1989

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Blushing bureaucrats who pulled a nude painting of Adam from City Hall two weeks ago have returned the artwork to the gallery.

The review and reversal followed a threat from an ACLU lawyer representing the artist. Painter Rosa Williamson said she felt justice had been done after her full-frontal rendition of the first man was returned Thursday.

″I feel that City Hall Gallery is a public forum, and I have a right to freedom of expression,″ Ms. Williamson said.

City officials apparently thought so too - at least after receiving a letter Wednesday from lawyer Rebecca Jurado, threatening to go to court.

Adam was one of several of Ms. Williamson’s nudes moved from a temporary show because of complaints. And one prankster attached a fig leaf to Adam, and another male nude was decorated with a rubber nose.

City Arts Commission Chairwoman Sandy Blatterman, the one who ordered the paintings moved, refused to comment.

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