The photograph “Klara and Edda Belly Dancing” by Nan Goldin, which was seized from Gateshead's Baltic gallery by Northumbria Police last month, has now been deemed “not indecent” by the Crown Prosecution Service.
Alarmingly, the CPS stated that they were interested in determining whether “standards of propriety" had changed significantly since 2001, enough to warrant a case against the photo, which depicts two naked young girls.
At the request of Elton John, the show, which was set to run until January, has been shut down. John owns the 148 works in the exhibition. There are no plans to reopen as a result of this ruling.