Sussex gallery forced to remove ‘offensive’ nude art

Exhibition organiser Martin Nee with some of the withdrawn artwork
Exhibition organiser Martin Nee with some of the withdrawn artwork
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Victorian art on display at a Sussex gallery as part of a ‘Romance’ exhibition has been removed from public view after it caused a stir with visitors.

The Edwin Budding Gallery, in Hassocks, received numerous complaints from visitors who said they were offended by the work, which consisted of a series of postcard-sized photographs of nude Victorian women.

Exhibition organiser Martin Nee said: “The work was given to us by a local art collector to be included in our romantic art themed exhibition.

“Before 1839, depictions of nudity generally consisted of paintings, drawings and engravings. Artists then began to use new photography techniques and technology as a new and exciting way to depict the nude form.

“The history of this art form is probably more interesting than the work itself to a lot of people.
“Obviously, it was not intended to cause offence.”

The remainder of the exhibition is running in the gallery which forms part of the South Downs Heritage Centre until February 26.

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