Plus, the art gallery is paid for by the public and is for the public. You have succeeded in creating a storm. It is not the modern world or modern sensibilities that have changed how we view these things, it is a clutch of moral scolds who expect the rest of us to be shamed by their neo-puritan preaching and fingerpointing. I wrote a thesis on the representation of women in James Bond films… What makes the 21st century so self-righteous over the Victorians? Debate, conversation, negotiation, listening to other ideas and adapting in the light of what can be learned has always been the bedfellow of artistic practice. Is this the Taliban taking over?
I find this justification by Clare Gannaway to be insufferably condescending. A similar thing happened when the nude statues in the Vatican were covered up on the occasion of a visit by the Iranian president last year. The pre-Raphaelite works inspired one of my novels even though in the novel I set a key scene in the Whitworth instead. I suspect you did this to gain publicity but you are flirting with a disgusting ideology. Thank you for bringing to my attention something for which I may now be retrospectively offended by.
It soothed me and helped me through. I know you want to put your personal stamp on your work, but this is a job where you, as curator are a public servant and you should act as such. Everything in life had to be put into context with time. By pandering to this PC liberal agenda you are creating a world in which people can protest of the existence of anything they deem offensive and have removed. There have been exhibitions I have liked and some that were questionable. As always the answer for those who do not approve of a public display of any kind be it book, art, music, theater, whatever is to not read, walk away, do not view, do not attend. And I allow no-one to dictate to me what paintings I may or may not view.
Plus, the art gallery is paid for by the public and is for the public. Try as I might, I cannot see taking something from public view for an overtly political or social engineering purpose as 1 censorship selecting out rather than selecting in , 2 philistinism taking away something of beauty and 3 an attempt at thought control overt manipulation. That debate needs to be had, over and over again, and all possible views need to be heard respectfully. It smacks more of a crude attempt to force a particular view on to the public. Get the news you need to start your day. By cutting out all hope of discourse, they censor reality to suit their world view.