Saturday, October 22, 2016

Baby Jesus Statue in Canada Turns Heads With Artist's 'Shocking' Restoration

By Ashifa Kassam in Toronto
Heather Wise, the local artist who sculpted the new baby Jesus head, said the project was ‘an honour of my entire art career’. Photograph: Marina von Stackelberg/CBC
CANADA---About a year ago, the head of baby Jesus was knocked off again. This time, it seemed, the vandals had taken it with them. The statue stood headless for months as the church’s priest, Gérard Lajeunesse, asked local businesses about crafting a new head. It would have to be custom-made, he was told, and could cost as much as C$10,000 ($7,500). It was around then that he received a knock on his door from a local artist. Heather Wise had been walking the church’s grounds with a friend when she noticed the headless statue. The new head was attached about two weeks ago. Reaction was swift; parishioners reacted with hurt, surprise, and disappointment, Father Lajeunesse told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. [link]

Artist duo McDermott & McGough’s show critiques homosexual oppression

By Carey Dunne
McDermott & McGough, “Hic Habitat Felicitas” / Temple of Onan” (detail) (1984 / 2016) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted)
In the Book of Genesis, God strikes down Onan, the second son of Judah, for the crime of masturbating. In "Velvet Rage, Flaming Youth, and the Gift of Desperation," a show by artist duo McDermott & McGough at James Fuentes Gallery, Onan gets a gaudy shrine: Three gold-framed paintings picture him masturbating into cotton candy-colored clouds. They’re hung above a carved wooden table composed of phalluses sprouting from breasts, modeled after a table from the collection of Catherine the Great. This very literal celebration of self-love is the centerpiece of a show filled with similarly campy critiques of homosexual oppression through the ages. [link]

Rome ‘decorum cops’ remove mural showing Pope Francis as graffiti artist

By Philip Pullella
Rome ‘decorum cops’ remove mural showing Pope Francis as graffiti artist By Philip Pullella October 19, 2016 
ITALY---A larger-than-life mural showing Pope Francis as a sneaky graffiti artist painting peace signs on a wall near the Vatican was taken down by Rome’s “decorum cops” on Wednesday just hours after it went up. The mural showed the pope on a step ladder playing a game of tic-tac-toe by painting circular peace signs in place of zeros as a Swiss Guard in a billowing uniform acts as a lookout against witnesses or police. Street artist Mauro Pallotta, who signs his work “Maupal”, painted it on paper in his studio and pasted it up with glue and lacquer on a corner near the Vatican overnight.  [link]