Category: Art

Russian curators sentenced but not imprisoned

Two Russian curators who angered the Russian Orthodox Church with an exhibition that included images of Jesus Christ portrayed as Mickey Mouse and Vladimir Lenin were convicted Monday of inciting religious hatred and fined, but escaped prison sentences.

The case of Yuri Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeyev has been closely watched by human rights activists, says the Associated Press. The decision by a Moscow court could sidestep the possibility of an international outcry over imprisoning the two respected art-world figures, but is unlikely to stem concerns about the growing influence of the church and the specter of Soviet-style censorship returning.

Chocolate Jesus Resurrected In New York City

“My Sweet Lord,” an anatomically correct milk chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ that infuriated Catholics before its April unveiling was canceled, returns Oct. 27 to a Chelsea art gallery, its creator said Tuesday. This time, artist Cosimo Cavallaro said he expects the public exhibit to proceed without a problem.

Dali painting dismissed as clever trick by experts

One of Scotland’s favourite paintings, Salvador Dali’s depiction of Jesus on the cross, has been dismissed as a “clever trick” and a “con” by leading art experts. Christ of St John of the Cross is one of the world’s most famous images of the crucifixion, and the painting, owned by Glasgow City Council since the early 1950s, was last year voted the most popular art work in Scotland. However, in a BBC documentary to be broadcast on Friday, Ian Gibson, one of Dali’s leading biographers, and William Crozier, a Scottish artist who once campaigned against Dr Tom Honeyman’s purchase of

British Museum Pulls Religion-Themed Work

Tate Britain Museum Pulls Artwork to Avoid Offending Religious Sensibilities After Bombings LONDON Sep 25, 2005 — The Tate Britain museum has removed a work made up of sacred texts from Christianity, Judaism and Islam torn and mounted on glass to avoid offending religious sensibilities following the July transit bombings in London, the museum said Sunday. The museum said it was particularly concerned that John Latham’s piece “God Is Great” could upset Muslims. It pulled the work from an exhibition of Latham’s art despite his objection. “Having sought wide-ranging advice, Tate feels that to exhibit the work in London in