Thursday, June 23, 2016

Artist Tim Johnson's Religious Synthesis on Show at Nancy Sever Gallery in Australia

By Sasha Grishin
Tim Johnson, Panchen Lama with Karma Phuntsok, 2016. Photo: Supplied
AUSTRALIA---Tim Johnson is the great "synthesiser" in Australian art. In Johnson's art, his synthesising goes beyond mere eclecticism, which involves sampling or the absorption of disparate elements: rather it is the integration of different religious iconographies, periods of time and visual codes. In the large glowing canvas Yamantaka, 2016, painted collaboratively with Bogunovic, a floating Chinese temple shares the picture space with traditional Christian iconography from scenes of the Nativity, Annunciation and the Resurrection, Buddhist iconography and the floating UFO. [link]

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Conservation Work to Begin on the Tomb of Christ

The rock-cut tomb is enclosed in the Edicule, a small structure in the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, currently supported by heavy shoring installed in 1947 and in need of restoration. Photo: World Monuments Fund.
ISRAEL---World Monuments Fund announced today that it will launch the campaign to restore the Edicule in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem with a major lead gift from Ioana Maria (Mica) Ertegun. The support of $1.3 million will ensure that conservation work begins immediately on a project that has been stalled for more than 50 years. The site has been accepted since the time of Constantine as the burial place of Christ. His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem said, “The Holy Sepulchre is the most sacred monument of Christianity. [link]
An exterior view of the Rotunda of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Photo: World Monuments Fund.

How A 300-Year-Old Religious Sect Is Influencing Young Designers Today

By Diane Budds
For Furnishing Utopia, a group of designers organized by Studio Gorm collaborated with Hancock Shaker Village and Mount Lebanon Shaker Museum to develop a new line of pieces inspired by the philosophy of the religious group, but through the lens of products that are needed and desirable for contemporary consumers.
NEW YORK---The principles of honesty, utility, and simplicity read like a modernist's credo, but those were the core design values of the Shakers, a radically conservative religious sect from England that settled in America in the late 1700s. Though there are few practicing Shakers today, their ethos continues to inspire contemporary designers—as shown in Furnishing Utopia, a New York Design Week exhibition taking place at Sight Unseen Offsite. Because ornamentation on furniture symbolized excess and pride, Shakers instead focused on overall form, proportions, and craftsmanship. [link]

David LaChapelle Parts With Painting Created in Keith Haring's Final Days

By Sarah Cascone
Keith Haring, The Last Rainforest (1989)
Before his death at 31 years old, Keith Haring created The Last Rainforest. This month, Sotheby's London is offering the rare work on canvas from the collection of photographer David LaChapelle in its Contemporary Art Evening Auction on June 28th. It's estimated to sell for £2,000,000–3,000,000 ($2,900,000–4,340,000).  The Last Rainforest was painted during the last few months of Haring's life, before he died of AIDS in February 1990. "I just fell in love with the painting. I thought it was prophetic," he explained. "At first glance, the picture has this very hellish feel: it's very Hieronymous Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights. You have these various layers, which give it depth," said LaChapelle. "This is one of the most complex paintings he ever painted." [link]

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Lecrae Criticizes Church on Race Issues: We Haven't Seen You Since MLK!

By Christine Thomasos
(Photo: Lecrae / Twitter/ Screengrab)
Lecrae doesn't have all of the answers to solve the problems in the world, but he does believe some key factors are needed to improve some social injustices within the country. The Christian-rapper-turned-New-York-Times-bestselling author who is promoting his first book Unashamed, hasn't shied away from speaking up about racial injustice in the past. Still, he insists that his fight extends beyond his African-American heritage. "I'm not focused on race, exactly," he told The Post. "If blacks in America are treated equally, I'll move on to the next group." As a Christian, the rapper said he believes that the Church has not done enough to improve racial issues in the country. [link]