Police advised the gallery at the eleventh hour that the picture could break obscenity laws.
The young Brooke Shields is portrayed standing naked in a bathtub, looking directly at the viewer, with a heavily made-up face and an oiled torso.
It is amazing that the Tate should have ever contemplated showing such a repulsive, and deeply shocking, picture.
Meanwhile in New York, Paris and London members of the 'artistic community' are decrying the arrest in Switzerland of the film director Roman Polanski for a crime committed 32 years ago.
Polanski drugged, and then sodomised, a 13-year-old girl, who appears subsequently to have forgiven him. Full story...