15 Jan '11, 12am

The Indian artist who caused a stir at the art fair at MBS by stripping naked is now 'taking a break'

Indian artist T. Venkanna sitting with Mr Abhay Maskara, owner of Gallery Maskara. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN THE Indian artist who caused a stir at the inaugural art fair at the Marina Bay Sands Exhibition and Convention Centre by stripping naked has stopped his attention-getting act. The artist, Mr T. Venkanna, who sat on a bench in the nude and took pictures with visitors, was not in the booth on Friday. Some newspapers had gone to town with the Hyderabad artist's act at Art Stage Singapore, questioning whether it could be considered art. A lawyer was quoted as saying the show could be against the law as it is an offence to appear nude in public. The art fair, which opened to the public on Thursday, is considered a public event. The exposure proved to be too much for some people. On Friday morning, Gallery Maskara's owner, Mr Abhay Maskara, told The Straits Times over the...

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