Saturday, March 31, 2007


New “blasphemy” in art

We had the Andres Serrano photograph of a crucifix in a glass of urine, which caused a stir in the '80s and early '90s.

We had the Chris Ofili work, where he decorated a painting of a black Madonna with elephant dung (search for the artist's name in the article), which caused a stir in 1999.

Now we have a statue of Jesus. With genitalia. Made out of milk chocolate. The statue's title is “My Sweet Lord” (really, you can't make this stuff up), and it was scheduled to be unveiled Monday, at the beginning of the Catholic Holy Week.

But, as the article says, the venue gave in to the pressure and pulled the piece (as it were).

The reaction “is crystal clear and has brought to our attention the unintended reaction of you and other conscientious friends of ours to the exhibition,” Knowles wrote in the two-paragraph cancellation notice.

Matt Semler, the gallery's creative director, resigned in protest.

Art is a very subjective thing....

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