On Graham Ovenden

15.04.2013

AA Gill defends artist Graham Ovenden a painter of provocative little girls and a recently convicted pedophile, and then calls for the Tate’s Nicholas Serota to be fired for voluntarily refusing to let the Ovendens in the collection be seen any longer, even by appointment. Gill defends showing the deplorable stating the separation between artist and art. He ends with this lovely thought: “Without wanting to be over provocative (too late!), might I suggest we learn something from the Nazis who exhibited the thing they were disgusted by (so called degenerate art).” He even went on to defend the airing of Hitler’s paintings. At the risk of seeming reactionary, I say auction all the works with no reserve and donate the money to a child abuse charity.

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