The Times disclosed in April that a sculpture bought by the Royal Festival Hall from the trust had been made by Colin Pitchfork, who was serving life for killing two teenage girls.
The centre withdrew the item, publicly apologised and said that it would “have a conversation with the Koestler Trust about future policy”.
Kath Eastwood, whose daughter Lynda Mann, 15, was killed by Pitchfork, said Cochrane’s painting should also be removed. She said: “Obviously the work of a man who has committed that crime — which is just as horrific — shouldn’t be on display. I know what the parents must be thinking.”
Dean Stalham, formerly an art specialist at the trust, said: “They should stop celebrating art by paedophiles and serious sex offenders, and care more for the thoughts and feelings of victims of crime.”
Art is art: it matters not who created it. If Hitler\’s skills had been comparable to those of Rembrandt then his paintings would be as worth celebrating while his other actions would be just as condemnded as they are.
My Latin\’s not up to it but it\’s a variation of pecunia non olet. A pint of beer brewed by a child rapist is a pint of beer to be judged as a pint of beer. A painting by a child rapist is a painting to be judged as a painting.
We might, we should, we do, bang up a child rapist for being a child rapist but to then insist that every aspect of them, every thing they do or produce, is thus evil and to be anathematized is simply cretinous stupidity.