September 27, 2012

TODAY IN NYC: Andres Serrano's "P** Christ"


 I will not blaspheme by using the actual title that Andres Serrano bestowed upon this sacrilege. For those who are not familiar: Serrano urinated into a jar, submerged a crucifix into it and called it art (sometime in the '80's.) The photograph of this disgrace will be on display in Manhattan TODAY.


THE DEMISE OF FINE "ART"

When did "fine art" decline so drastically? Where are all the protests over this atrocity? This jar of urine photography is actually scheduled to be shown SMACK in the middle of Manhattan at the Edward Tyler Nahem gallery TODAY.  How did this outrage creep up so quietly?  

What a tragedy to live in a society so lost it finds "art" in something so vulgar, so contemptible. An Edward Tyler Nahem gallery press release states:
 "P** Christ is a potent work that engages the viewer on both a visual and intellectual level." 

 Huh? Visually it's beyond repulsive. Intellectually . . . hmmm. Maybe it does engage me. Yes . . . it engages me to imagine that Serrano came home intoxicated one night with a friend. He couldn't make it to the bathroom and so urinated into a jar. In a drunken stupor he submerged a crucifix into it and laughingly called it "artwork." Before falling into a drunken sleep his friend bet him he could actually pass this piece of garbage off as "fine art." The next day when they woke up they decided to photograph it and shop it to see if they could actually find somebody this stupid. Yes. My intellect tells me this is far more plausable than the purposeful creation of this piece of garbage.

The French didn't take it very well either!
According to Huff Post:
"Last year, the controversial photograph of a cross submerged in the artist's urine was damaged by Christian protestors in France, who attacked the work with hammers. In this current political climate, where riots happen when certain films are shown, gallery owners are taking security seriously, although they might be reluctant to show it." Link to Huff Post Article

THE ICING ON THE CAKE:

Only a day or two ago President Obama said,  "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam. But to be credible, those who condemn that slander must also condemn the hate we see and the images of Jesus Christ that are desecrated or churches that are destroyed. Or the Holocaust that is denied."  WELL?? WELL????


I implore you.  Bill Donahue has organized a protest at the gallery. Please make your voice heard by joining him if you are in the NYC area. You may also call or e-mail them:

Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art, L.L.C.
37 West 57th Street, 2nd floor
New York, NY 10019
212-517-2453 (Telephone)
212-861-3566 (Fax)
info@etnahem.com

Feel free to tweet the Gallery 
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Boy-oh-boy! Bill Donahue can rant like it's nobodys business.
This is his video response to P*** Christ.
(WARNING: You may find his conclusion to be either offensive . . . or funny.)


Just a final thought: Even when protesting an atrocity such as this, I strive to remain mindful that Andres Serrano is also a child of God! Please - say a prayer for his enlightenment and salvation.

Jesus, I Trust in You

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