Chris ofili and holy virgin mary
When the personal collection of British advertising executive and art collector Charles Saatchi went on tour in an exhibition called Sensation in , viewers should have known to brace themselves for controversy. In London, the museum was picketed from day one, but the media attention eventually ushered in record turnouts. Mayor Rudy Giuliani threatened to close the city-funded institution on the grounds that this artwork was offensive to religious viewers. At first glance it seems easy to discern why the painting raised a few eyebrows: the inclusion of real shit and collaged pornography might be enough to offend conservative viewers.
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Controversial 'hip-hop version' of the Virgin Mary given to MoMA
Chris Ofili, The Holy Virgin Mary – Smarthistory
James H. Bloomberg reports today 18 April that the hedge fund billionaire and museum trustee Steve Cohen has gifted the work to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Once ridiculed by conservative critics as blasphemous and emblematic of everything that is ridiculous about contemporary art, Ofili's painting depicts a black Madonna amidst porn magazine cutouts and elephant dung. It became the centre of a riotous controversy in after it went on display at the Brooklyn Museum as part of the exhibition Sensation, of work from Charles Saatchi's collection of Young British Artists. Today, the work can be found in most art history textbooks and surveys of contemporary art. Mine is simply a hip-hop version.
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Chris Ofili’s ‘Holy Virgin Mary’ Goes to MoMA, a Gift From Steve Cohen
Plate 7. Chris Ofili. The Holy Virgin Mary , Acrylic, oil, polyester resin, paper collage, glitter, map pins, and elephant dung on linen. Courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery, London.
It was one of the works included in the Sensation exhibition in London, Berlin and New York in — The subject of the work, and its execution, caused considerable controversy in New York, with Rudolph Giuliani — then Mayor of New York City — describing Ofili's work as "sick". On a yellow-orange background, the large painting 8 feet high and 6 feet wide depicts a black woman wearing a blue robe, a traditional attribute of the Virgin Mary. The work employs mixed media , including oil paint , glitter , and polyester resin , and also elephant dung, map pins and collaged pornographic images.
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