At least the latest travesty in the art world comes Down Under rather than the US, but that only shows how global the collapse of art from a meaningful form to an anti-Christian realm of bigots has become. The latest examples are entrants in the Blake Prize competition in Australia, which features a statue of the Virgin Mary in a burqa and a holographic image of Jesus that transforms into ... Osama bin Laden:
THE artist behind a controversial work depicting terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden morphing into Jesus today asked people to look deeper into the work.
Queensland artist Priscilla Bracks denied she had deliberately set out to be offensive.
"Absolutely not, no, no. I am not interested in being offensive. I am interested in having a discussion and asking questions about how we think about our world and what we accept and what we don't accept," she told ABC radio. ... Ms Bracks said one issue behind her work was the glorification of Osama bin Laden in some parts of the world.
"What I was thinking about is, well, what would happen to the stories about this man over thousands of years. Could that possibly lead to someone with a cult-like status," she said.
Right. So Osama is somehow the Jesus of our time. I get that, too, because Jesus went around killing people as a show of his power, and directed his followers to go out into the world and kill everyone who didn't believe in his teachings. Oh, wait ...
You'll notice, of course, that Bracks didn't take the obvious comparison of morphing Mohammed into Osama, as Andrew Bolt points out. Not only is the point more germane with Mohammed, who actually did lead an army that conducted wars on infidels, but Osama is (obviously) a follower of Mohammed. Why not have Mohammed morph into Osama? Because any depiction of Mohammed is considered profane by Muslims and can get an artist killed. Just criticizing Islam got Theo Van Gogh murdered in the street in Amsterdam.
It's much safer to demonize Christians. They don't try to kill people.
Artists discovered this quite some time ago. Dropping a crucifix into a beaker of urine became a celebrated work of "art". Flinging elephant dung at a picture of the Virgin Mary and surrounding the image with pictures of genitalia got NEA funding here in the US. The art world found out that it could generate outrage by explicitly venting hatred towards Christians, establishing reputations for courageous iconoclasm while neatly avoiding any criticism whatsoever of Islam, which could result in physical violence.
It's become too easy to see through the charade. Art has lost all vigor, as it celebrates works that become increasingly puerile and bounded by bigotry. Its obsession with Christianity as an evil presence has cost it its relevance to the modern world, and it has become nothing but a masturbatory exercise only for its own circle of mechanics. (via Memeorandum)
UPDATE: Fausta notes the complete lack of rioting among Christians over this "art".