The images depict the shocking event captured by a photographer last year, in which art collector Saatchi was seen throttling celebrity chef Lawson in a restaurant in Mayfair.
Charles Saatchi said removal of the artwork would be “censorship.” He added: “Would it have been a better story if I had censored artists whose work might be personally disobliging?”
However, chief curator of Saatchi Art Rebecca Wilson told the Daily Mail they were not going to remove the violent images of the divorced couple.
Wilson commented: “Saatchi Art does not believe in censorship unless the material is pornographic or incites racial hatred.”
She added: “It is extremely insensitive to all victims of domestic violence for someone who has accepted a police caution for assaulting a partner to earn commission on images of the offence.”