The Oregonian/OregonLive has obtained a copy of the lawsuit filed in federal court by a group of art lovers over the removal of a large mural from the obertai gallery.
The mural is in the Gallery of Modern Art in the city of Portland, which is the site of a recent court battle over the painting, which has been on view since 1999.
In the lawsuit, the artist, a graphic designer and artist in the Portland area named John L. Goya, argues the mural should be removed because it violates state and federal laws against the painting’s depiction of a woman who was raped.
The lawsuit says the painting violates the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Goya’s lawyers, William T. Goss, and Thomas E. Condon, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The painting, titled “A Little Girl Called,” depicts a naked woman in a room with a child.
The painting has drawn criticism from civil rights advocates, who say it depicts a crime scene and does not accurately depict the circumstances of the crime.
The Oregonian has a full gallery of coverage on the oustation of the painting at the Gallery.
The obertay gallery, which was founded in 1916, was the home of the American Art Museum for about four decades.
The gallery was purchased by the city in 2000, and it is operated by the Multnomah County Museum District.
The obertawards, which draw more than 100,000 art lovers a year, were founded in 1915 and are overseen by the state’s Museum Commission.