The Chelsea Arts Club courts controversy with their Heroes and Villains exhibition
This summer the Chelsea Arts Club has chosen to exhibit 180 works by their most prominent members to raise funds for the Chelsea Arts Club Trust and the Artist General Benevolent Institution (AGBI). The exhibition’s title – Heroes and Villains – was bound to attract controversy but it has been because of the paintings on the front façade of the club’s Old Church Street premises that passions have truly been aroused.
The exterior of the club has been decorated to reflect the theme and features pairs that include Anne Frank and Hitler, Hannibal Lecter and Tintin and David Bowie. This hasn’t gone down well with certain members of the public and in an email to their members, the Chelsea Arts Club’s secretary, Dudley Winterbottom, stated:
“I don’t agree with the view of the taxi driver who exclaimed: ‘they’ve ****ing vandalised the place’, but enough Members have expressed a desire for a bit of visual peace of quiet for me to wish to give it to them until ‘The Last Party’ scheduled for September 28th. Which by the way implies that a replacement will have been found for me. We are interviewing all this month, and hope to have made an offer, subject to references and terms, in the first week of July”.
We at The Steeple Times love a bit of controversy. We urge the Chelsea Arts Club to reconsider. They should leave this thought provoking display up for as long as possible.
See the full show and bid here. For the first time, members of the public are allowed to view and bid on the lots at the Chelsea Arts Club and online. For further details telephone +44 (0) 20 7376 3311.
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