Gallery sues over fines for artwork of partially nude woman

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey gallery has filed a federal lawsuit over a code violation it received from the city for displaying an artwork of a partially nude woman in its store window.

The Borghi (bohr-GEE') Fine Art Gallery in Englewood sued last week, saying its constitutional rights were violated.

Gallery owner Laura Borghi says a code enforcement officer asked her to remove the artwork showing a woman's bare buttocks from the window of her store in January. When she refused, she says she was issued a violation with fines of $1,250 per day and the threat of up to 90 days in jail.

The code says nude images have to be kept in interior rooms not visible from public areas.

City officials didn't immediately return phone calls and emails seeking comment.