United Kingdom: Gallery censored nude watercolours

Artist reveals her fury after ‘fearful’ gallery censored her nude watercolours with strips of paper

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A teacher’s complaint during a school trip to an exhibition at Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens prompted the removal of three watercolours of naked women. Later, the watercolours were put back up, but covered with bits of paper.

The artist, Danuta Gray, said: “Nudes have been depicted since the fourth century BC. They are present in all cultures. I never thought that the Botanical Gardens would exhibit such hypocrisy, prejudice and fear.”

Members of the Midlands Painting Group, who have placed 59 works of art in the gallery, announced they would boycott their own annual exhibition in a show of solidarity. Artist Rita Greengrass who took down her paintings, said: “I don’t want to be part of it. I am disgusted. How dare they accept pictures and then censor them?”

The Botanical Gardens management stood by their decision, according to Daily Mail which quoted a spokesman of the gallery as saying: “The Birmingham Botanical Gardens welcomes diverse audiences from around the world. We do our very best at all times to ensure everyone has an enjoyable time whilst they are on site. Sometimes we have to adapt spaces for use by different sectors of our audiences at different times.”


Daily Mail – 29 September 2013:
Artist reveals her fury after ‘fearful’ gallery censored her nude watercolours with strips of paper
Curators at Birmingham Botanical Gardens had placed strips of paper over ‘the offending parts’ of the images
By Mia De Graaf



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