Saturday, October 17, 2015

New book features more than 200 contemporary artists engaging religious iconography

THE INDEPENDENT
By Charlotte Cripps
Adi Nes’s Untitled (1999) is a staging of the Last Supper with young Isreali soldiers in a military mess hall
A new book, "Art & Religion in the 21st Century," features more than 200 contemporary artists, whose work contains religious themes and images. These include David LaChapelle’s "American Jesus: Hold Me, Carry Me Boldly" (2009),which pictures Jesus cradling Michael Jackson. All the artists have given traditional religious art a modern makeover – Kris Kuksi’s "Churchtank Type 7C" (2009) – is a toy church mounted on wheels with a gun. While Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture "La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour)" (1999) shows the Pope being hit by a meteor. [link]

 Art & Religion’in the 21st Century’ by Aaron Rosen is published on 19 October, £38 hardback
David LaChapelle’s "American Jesus: Hold Me, Carry Me Boldly"