"No Delete" has been deleted.
A Florida gallery has pulled the plug on the planned art exhibit by the artist XVALA that was to feature the hacked nude photos of celebrities including Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst, Kate Upton, and many other leading Hollywood ladies.
The St. Petersburg-based Cory Allen Contemporary Art gallery made headlines last week when it announced it would launch the so-called "No Delete" collection featuring the salacious stolen images, prompting a flood of negative press and criticism.
Both the Los Angeles based XVALA (real name, Jeff Hamilton; who previously made waves in 2007 for framing a photo of Britney Spears with a shaved head and in 2012 for making a sculpture of Steve Jobs using garbage collected from the late tech genius's home) and Allen cited the persuasive online petitions and "mixed responses" about the exploitation of women as the reasoning for the about-face.
"It was inspiring to see people take action through a petition, signing their name and not just commenting on a thread," said Cory Allen.
"It wasn't just about being 'hacked' images anymore, but now presented in the media as stolen property," said XVALA. "People were identifying with Jennifer Lawrence's and Kate Upton's victimization, much more than I had anticipated, which is powerfully persuasive."
"This concept was always about self-examination in our current culture," he continued. "Why we feel the need to know and cross the lines of other individual's privacy."
Of course, there are also legal issues. The FBI has launched a criminal investigation into the hack attack, and several of the celebrities, led by Lawrence, have also vowed to pursue all legal avenues.
Last week, Yahoo Celebrity spoke with intellectual property attorney Peter Toren, who predicted the exhibit would never come to fruition.
"Copyright violation. You can't do that. The wrath of Jennifer Lawrence's attorneys is going to come down on them."
In place of the planned exhibit, XVALA says he'll reconfigure his show to feature his own life-size nude selfies.
"No Delete" in its new incarnation will open at CACA's The Showroom on Oct. 30.
wtf was he thinking? glad that the petition worked, and that JLaw can afford the lawyers to shut this shit down