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The Holy Virgin Mary
This piece can be viewed by many people as beauty mixed with ugliness. Yet unlike tradition, this breast is a ball of lacquered elephant dung adorned with glitter and carefully attached to the linen support. There are many diffrent preceptions of what we call art. Government money should go to exhibitions in order to help promote culture. To Catholics, she is beautiful and pure, in Ofili's she is surrounded by naked booties and standing on "elephant dung".
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I read it in class that day. I think the piece is a good expression of the artist, Chris Ofili. A new exhibition by British artist Chris Ofili has been greeted with rapturous praise — where once his work was surrounded by controversy. Regardless of my disgust for the materials used and the distasteful pornography, I really appreciate this piece of art because Ofili dared to create outside of the acceptable. In the Western world, and increasingly everywhere else, this would include a range of things: Hinduism is seen in relation to mass media film and television , with an emphasis on the ritualized relation between the seer and the seen. Before that we had shattered glass, megaphones, placards, images of media manipulation, tears, confusion and bewilderment.
Maybe this is the ultimate provocation: MoMA owns more than 30 works by Ofili , including another remarkable piece with elephant dung, the resplendent Prince amongst Thieves , but The Holy Virgin Mary stands in a league of its own. Chances are, he knew good and well what type of commotion this would instigate and the disarray it would stir. When you leave an exhibit having seen a piece of art hopefully it makes you want research why he did what he did. Note also that the flower of honesty, of a good reputation, yea, the flower of any virtue has, as it were, as many petals as it has good and meritorious works to show. It is as much a lesson in how our minds view reality as it is an appreciation of the artists' talents. Oh, how greatly the crowns of this flower were multiplied by Mary!