Artist of the Day- Chris Offili

 

In 1998 the Brooklyn Museum put on an exhibit titled Sensation. It was a sensation. Young British Artists fostered by Charles Saatchi displayed work that was pretty shocking and the then mayor, Rudi Guiliani proposed to have the show shut down. When that didn’t work he shut down the subway stop near the museum. People showed up in droves! The first piece is titled ‘The Virgin Mary’. The lumps are elephant dung…BUT… in parts of Africa dung is used as part of a religious ritual. Sometimes art can be hard.