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Sometimes, even the art world feels the gender gap.

A painting that depicts male frontal nudity was removed from a weekend exhibition to open the Erie Philharmonic's new season after the philharmonic's executive director complained, but three works depicting female nudity were allowed to stay.

The banned painting, "Nocturne 2" by Luke Gehring, was removed from the Warner Theatre lobby Friday night during the philharmonic's open rehearsal.

Bill Faust, executive director of the Erie Philharmonic, said opening night was a "family event," and he was looking out for his audience when he removed the painting.

In place of "Nocturne 2," Gehring exhibited "Two Figure Study 10," which shows a nude male from the back.

Faust said he was ready to take down two paintings and a sculpture depicting female nudity before he, Gehring and the association reached a compromise.

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