Sunday, August 20, 2017

RELIGIOUS ART | NEWS OF WEEK

ALPHA OMEGA ARTS
By Gregory & Ernest Disney-Britton
D'Angelo Lovell Williams "Untitled (Portrait)" (2017) pigment print 20 x 30 inches edition of 6
In D’Angelo Lovell Williams's Untitled (Portrait), we see the artist kneeling in a river-bed with his face turned up to heaven, but is this a baptism or a moment of despair? In the days since Charlottesville and President Trump's shocking support of the white nationalist threats against Jews, Blacks, gays, and Hispanics, we read The New York Times review of a new gallery show by gay, black photographer D’Angelo Lovell Williams. This color photograph resonates with texture and spiritual emotion. In watching the figure, we are witness to faith as a spiritual shield in the face of hatred, and especially for gay African Americans. D’Angelo Lovell Williams's Untitled (Portrait) invites us into a dialogue about race, homosexuality, and faith in America.

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Shakyamuni Stong Sku (or 1000 bodies); early- mid 20th century painted pigment on silk, gift of Bruce Walker '53.
Hollywood's Jim Carrey paints stunning painting of Jesus
Black, an Artist’s Tribute to Contemporary Mithila Art by Santosh Kumar Das is ongoing till August 16 at Artisans’, Kala Ghoda
Anila Quayyum Agha's “Crossing Boundaries” (2015) (photo by the author for Hyperallergic)
Tripartite Mahzor, Lake Constance Area, ca. 1322 (Oxford, Bodleian Library) / Photo credit: Center for Jewish Art / Hebrew University