Photographs of nude teenagers that prompted police to close a gallery exhibit in Australia's biggest city and launch an obscenity investigation were cleared Friday as non-pornographic, and police dropped their case against the artist. Police announced that no charges would be laid in connection to the photographs by leading Australian photographer Bill Henson. The decision appeared to clear the way for the reopening of the Henson exhibit at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery. Police shut down the exhibit hours before it was to open May 22 and confiscated dozens of photographs of naked adolescent boys and girls to investigate whether they violated obscenity laws. Henson, 52, is a renowned artist whose work is displayed in galleries around the world.
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In the photograph, the model is shown rising out of a bubble bath, suds dripping from her body. Her tight panties and skimpy top are soaked and revealing. She gazes at the viewer, her face showing a wisp of a smile that seems to have been coaxed from off-camera. In just over seven months, the model has become an online phenomenon. According to the posted schedule, new photographs of her -- many clearly intended to be erotic, all supposedly taken that week -- are posted online every Friday for her growing legions of admirers. The model's online name is Sparkle. She is -- at most -- 9 years old.
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Bill Henson is one of the very few indisputably great contemporary Australian artists - a photographer of astonishing talent , whose work is held in the collections of the National Gallery in Canberra, the Guggenheim Museum, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, and, in an irony that will soon become apparent, the High Court of Australia. The subject of glowing reviews, various monographs and a small number of lavishly-produced editions the best, Mnemosyne , was prefaced by an erudite appreciation by David Malouf, one of the country's finest writers, and New Yorker critic Peter Schjeldahl , he also represented his country magnificently at the Venice Biennale. As I wandered through the Australian Pavilion that year, I recall experiencing an emotion conspicuously absent from previous visits; it was actual pride.