NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Parents were fuming Friday over steamy paintings at an exhibit they said was too close to their children’s school.

Is it art, or just plain pornography? CBS 2’s John Slattery has more on the debate.

It’s no surprise that an art gallery would show nudity, but the art at Lower East Side exhibit had parents of young children complaining.

“It’s inappropriate art,” parent LaToyia Carter said.

The oil paintings on display by artist Nick Weber show fetishes and sex acts that might be too graphic even for adults.

“His message is that ‘porn is the norm,’” gallery owner Dino Eli said.

The “porn,” as Eli called it, is at his gallery on Orchard Street on the Lower East Side, right across from P.S. 42.

Carter, who has a first grader at P.S. 42, was not happy about the display.

“I’m not ready to have this conversation with my six-year-old when he’s walking to school and he sees pornographic pictures,” she said.

“I would just walk my child on the other side of the street, that’s all,” parent John Bellettiere said.

There are a dozen oils on display, some of which show sex acts that might make a sailor blush. Are they inappropriate?

“Perhaps, but I do do my best to make it not be seen by kids,” Eli said.

Eli claimed that when he’s outside, he tries to block children’s view and closes the gates for an hour when kids are leaving school.

Some parents, like Carter, weren’t buying it.

“We walked right here, and he was not here taking his precautions,” she said. “He was actually on the corner cheering.”

Eli was celebrating the controversial attention his gallery is getting.

Whether you call it art or pornography, there are a number of people saying it should not be in plain sight from the street.

The New York City Police Department said it has received no formal complaints over the display.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below?

Comments (39)
  1. Molly says:

    Dino Keep your head up! Dont post to the haters. You have the right to show in your gallery just like every other gallery.


    1. willy says:

      Dino is a liar. uses drugs, we did drugs in my apartment, he not the person you all know, just ask about when we start togther, shouldn’t be trusted… he uses others and blame others for his problems. Williy

  2. MARY says:


    1. Billy says:

      About time.

      1. Billy says:

        I told Williy he was trouble

    2. Agent says:

      He has hurt my two friends John and William and has put them in so much legal troubles, what is wrong with this man.

    3. Greg says:

      This Gay Man has ask me for sex, I’m an artist, who wants help by a gallery owner but no dino eli..

      1. DINO ELI says:

        who ever you are you are a liar im going to find out who you are and sue you for slander

    4. DINO ELI says:

      mary who ever you are is a liar i have done nothing wrong i will find out who you are and sue you for slander

      1. Mary says:

        Go ahead Mr. Eli. William has already given up on you, he knows you are fake.

      2. Billy says:

        Dino stop lying and stop hurting others with your lies. Just stop. Stop
        Stop faking and stop all your lies.

      3. Jay says:

        Slander be careful we have the truth on you dino. So go ahead I’m sure Dr. Decaria, William can tell the truth on you, so make threaths Dino you going be the one who is lying to the public.

      4. Billy says:

        Get CBS and we be glad to tell them the truth Dino

    5. DINO ELI says:

      william knows i have done nothing wrong hes simply doing what john is telling him what to do i love william and would never do anything to hurt him you are all the liars and im going to prove it billy you are the biggest liar and a bad hair stylist you have burned willy scalp many times william and john already reported you to social security and your false claims to the state mary i do not know you or your husband or dr thomas or lewis or greg im sure john and others are putting people up to this because they are trying to deystroy me well it wont work i am worried about william associating with the likes of you people who are lying about me and dont even know me im going to prove my innocence to all these false allegations and sue for slander one by one i will no longer waste my time here READING LIES AND FALSE ALLEGATIONS ABOUT ME im a busy man so go ahead lie since you obviosly have nothing else better to do ps billy lying to the police is a serious crime your going down oh and john no more phone calls to threaten me aw i miss you and gallery owner cant help it if im better then you GOOD BYE LIARS william i love you dont let them turn you away from me we can work all this out together if john acted normal

      1. Dr. Decaria says:

        I have not put anyone up to this comments Dino.. William wants nothing to do with you and we do want the keys back asap.. William doen’t love you nor care because he does fault you, you did put him in trouble so stop lying Dino. You are a fake, liar and a scamer so just stop lying to others.. Their no false allegations cause I can prove things about you and so can William. So stop Dino William doesn’t love you, and stop your lying…. Take your fake ass somewhere else Dino. For the record I hace acted right, you gave us a bad check, lie to us and have had a fake business so get it right Dino. Stop lying…….

      2. william says:

        Take my photo off the other blog, return my keys and I want nothing to do with you ever.

  3. Lewis says:

    Joel: Dino Eli is a liar and did still a check, so if others are in trouble is because Dino Eli

    1. lewis says:

      Corrections to Joel.

      DINO DID STEAL THE CHECK !!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. Dr. Decaria says:

      Dino Eli. Should be arrested. He is a liar, he has put innocent people in danger over a stolen sheck. Been running a business with out a license, doesn’t pay taxes, owes money, the building not even in his name. He has been scaming, CBS should investigated, the police should investigated, he does do drug, I have witness it, he is a straight liar. Fraud is Dino Eli. All artist should been concern about this man…… I am reporting him to the F.B.I, also going hold a news confernece about his illegal operations. He gave Mr. William Smith a fraud Check and has not even taken care of it, WHY??? Cause he is a lair and scaming others. I am trying to contact his parents to report his illegal activity, so whoever want to respond please do. I have all the facts on Dino Eli… I will make sure the public is safe from this man who has no care in others being hurt. BE WARE OF DINO ELI HE NO TO BE TRSUTED.

      1. Dr. Thomas says:

        The problem with Dino Eli he won’t cover a fraud check to William Smith, he is a liar, scamer, the check has been a problem since Dino Eli has given it to Mr. William Smith. Dino Eli is a scamer and a fake, Police should close him down, hasn’t had a license, been getting money and not reporting it to the IRS, no bank accounts, and a fake… Artistist be concern as Decaria has stated, before he gives you a fake check.

      2. ROBERT says:


    3. Lewis says:

      Thank you everyone I told you he was a liar

    4. DINO ELI says:

      lewis who ever you are i have stolen no check i am going to find out who you are and sue you for slander

      1. agent says:

        Sue you gave William Smith a fake check so stop lying Dino you owe him 1500

  4. Lewis says:

    Dino Eli is passing fraud checks… A check for $3,500 was stolen and a William smith and John A Liberto Jr. went to West Virginia and try to get money for Dino Eli and the owner of the check has contacted FBI…. Dino Eli is frauding others and his business and drugs…..

    1. Joel says:

      This comment is not factual. The person who posted this is obviously trying to incriminate inoccent people.

  5. Jones says:

    Fraud. Passing bad checks, stolen checks…… No business license, lying to police. drugs at his business….. Police needs to close and arrest Dino Eli, stolen checks, no license. Where is business partner Mr. Smith and why does he continue to let Mr. eli do fraud… bad checks… drugs….. no license… owes a lot of money… Over $30,000.00 He scams everyone

    1. William says:

      STATEMENT by William Smith – ” I do not have any affiliation or responsiblity to Orchard Windows gallery, inaddition I am not partners with Din Eli of Orchard Windows Gallery.” People should question who is Mr. Jones he sounds like a jelous gallery owner who posed as a buyer to purchase a painting from Dino and wrote a bad check and claim fraud to set up Dino. Mr. Jones should be more worried about his art and less concerned of wasting peoples time.

      1. Jones says:

        William Smith you may not be an owner but you and Dino have done criminal act, have done drugs a the gallery….. So denied that!!!!!!
        You two have done wrong.
        We have a video of you two when you did at the gallery, bothe in front of the window, also the was a guy with a cane with you two….ALso Dino acted crazy that night on the streets. but the fact you and a guy in West Virginia did cash a stolen check.

      2. William says:

        Your mispelling and incorrect pronunciation is as innacurate as your comments. Like I said “people should question who is Mr. Jones he sounded like a jelous gallery owner who was posing as a buyer to purchase a painting from Dino and wrote a bad check and calim fraud to set up Dino.”

    2. Dino says:

      I’m going to find you and sue all who lie about me I’m now angry

      1. william says:

        Lie, Dino you have cause me a problem and you are faking the truth so stop. You owe me 1500, so pay up.

  6. Obama bin bozo says:

    If it was across from a mosque? That’s easy. The gallery, it’s contents and people contained therein would be burned to the ground. Then Anderson Cooper would show up to declare it a new “Arab spring” and the US military would start bombing Orchard Street until it was fully liberated. Of course, anyone disagreeing with this policy would be immediately deemed a racist.

    But it’s not across from a mosque, so these vile images are there for all to see, thanks to the ACLU.

  7. weed wacker says:

    Would old ELI be celebrating if someone walked up and punched his Hooked Nose?

  8. smithers says:

    @ courtney – it’s just a saying. get over it.

  9. RichieT says:

    The 1st; Amendment;
    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”.
    It doesn’t say anything about common sense.
    Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. .
    They should be taken down.
    At least put them on display inside where they can’t be seen from the street.

  10. courtney says:

    “There are a dozen oils on display, some of which show sex acts that might make a sailor blush. Are they inappropriate?”

    What? What sailors are you referring to exactly? And despite the fact that the sentence is asinine, why are you injecting your own sexual discomfort into the story and pretending it’s that of a someone else, a stereotype at that?

  11. J. Rogers says:

    Silly B.S.

  12. Gregory says:

    Just think what would happen if this stuff were across from a Mosque. And none in the liberal main-stream media would say anything.

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