James Ensor at the Getty Museum

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The Scandalous Art of James Ensor has opened at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. More than 100 paintings and drawings will be on display, including the Getty’s own Ensor masterpiece, Christ’s Entry Into Brussels in 1889. It’s a look at the bizarre and most interesting period of the Belgian artist’s work, where everything’s strange and everyone’s ugly. Shit happens in them, sometimes literally, they zing with energy, and then his work mellows to almost boring.Continue Reading

El Greco Painting Record

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A bidding war between a Russian collector and an Indian collector saw the 3 to 5 million pound estimate of El Greco’s “Saint Dominic in Prayer” almost double to reach an auction record for the artist of £9,154,500 or about $14,000,000 USD.

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Jesus Christ in Art + Controversy

One of the easiest ways for an artist to get a little media love is to make fun of a religion. People usually take their religion a little too seriously, so it’s a proven method to create some controversy and to get your brand out there. It’s probably better to pick on religions like christianity, buddhism or maybe even judaism though as you may have to go in to protective custody if you go picking on islam (they really take their religion seriously).

I have been noticing Jesus Christ popping up quite a bit lately..Continue Reading

Caravaggio’s Kiss of Judas Stolen

A Carravagio masterpiece has been stolen from the Museum of Western and Eastern Art in the Ukraine. The painting has been called both “The Taking of Christ” and “The Kiss of Judas”

From a Reuters report “Police said they entered through a window, bypassing an outdated alarm system by removing a pane of glass rather than breaking it. They then escaped across the museum’s roof.”

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Gay Jesus Play in Sydney – Corpus Christi

A controversial play just recently opened in Sydney by the American playwright Terrence McNally called Corpus Christi. The play depicts Jesus as a gay man that is seduced by Judas and also shows Jesus marrying two gay men.

Robert Forsyth, the Anglican Bishop of South Sydney said a few tame things like “It’s historical nonsense and I wouldn’t want to go and see it. Life’s too short.”Continue Reading

The Virgin of the Rocks

Coxsoft Art has pointed out that the National Gallery in London scanned the under-layers of Leonardo’s “The Virgin of the Rocks” painting. They used a technique called “Infrared Reflectography” which is similar to x-radiography. There’s more on infrared reflectograms at the Art Institute of Chicago for those that are interested.Continue Reading

Chocolate Christ Crucified

Coxsoft art recently posted this article about a chocolate Christ. It’s a six foot high sculpture of Jesus Christ, made from chocolate. “My Sweet Lord” by the artist Cosimo Cavallaro was meant to be exhibited at the Lab Gallery in Manhattan over the Easter period.

But, as you can see in the photo of the chocolate Christ to the left, it is much too F%*KIN% offensive to be exhibited! Or at least that’s what the “Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights” thinks of the work.Continue Reading

Cartoonist Faces Prison for Blasphemy

Austrian cartoonist Gerhard Haderer may be facing prison time in Greece for blasphemy!. Haderer was not even aware that his satirical book was even published in Greece, but has received a summons to appear in an Athens court.
Haderer’s book of satirical religious illustrations called “The Life of Jesus” is now banned in Greece. He depicts Christ in comical situations, like having a drink with Jimi Hendrix and riding a surf board while stoned and naked.
I wonder if Greece still burns witches?Continue Reading