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Friday, January 20, 2006

Don't be offended, be appreciative


The artists Gilbert & George are showing an exhibit of stained glass windows - with a bit of a difference as:

The panels are a bold attack on the evils of organised religion from Christianity to Islam and Judaism, with superstitious pixies and Freemasonry thrown in for good measure. [source]

Now, artists seeking to use religious images to attack Christianity is certainly nothing new - what is interesting is the artists' justification for their work. Indeed the artists insist that despite the fact that their art is intended as an attack on religion, no Christian should be offended because:

"I think Christians should think themselves lucky that artists are dealing so closely with their subject. Picasso never did a crucifixion."

Oh, now I get it. From now on, when someone spits [or worse] on a picture of Jesus or Mary, I won't get mad - I'll rejoice about how lucky I am that artists cared enough about desecrating images of importance to me. It's all so clear now.

[In case you are curious about the artwork included in this blog entry - it's Picasso's "Crucifixion"]

2 Comments:

Anonymous shana sfo said...

Y*A*W*N Unoriginal. Gauche. As you show, its all been done before. Since ancient Rome, I believe.

I appreciate how desperately these weasels want to be considered 'on the cutting edge'. But like any over used utensil, its become terrifically dull!

8:40 PM  
Blogger Paul, just this guy, you know? said...

You know what would be exciting? If they did Islam this way. That would be exciting.

OTOH, just think of all the false, pagan and heretical faiths that never get this sort of attention. Perhaps the great negative attention paid to the Church is the tribute evil pays to Truth. They don't ridicule Islam, or even Wicca, because they know, deep down, that it's Christianity, Catholicism, that's really true.

5:59 PM  

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