Andy Warhol’s Religious Side

At Killing the Buddha, Becky Garrison tells us about an exhibit of Andy Warhol’s last works at the Brooklyn Museum, which has four paintings from his “Last Supper” series (more than 100 depictions in all, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”).
According to the museum:

These paintings manifest both his religious beliefs—his practice of Catholicism remained private until it was revealed at his funeral—and an irreverence toward the subject, expressed through ironic commercial logos and transgressive repetitions of Christ’s image.

Artist Dressed Her Baby as Dictators to Explore Evil

“We are all born as a blank slate, who knows who we will become. I wanted people to think about where tremendous evil comes from,” artist Nina Maria Kleivan tells the National Post about her enormously controversial exhibit “Potency,” which debuted nine years ago and is suddenly back in the news because of her new book, Enigma.
Kleivan photographed her four-month-old daughter dressed up as Saddam Hussein, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Ayatollah Khomeini, Mao Zedong, Idi Amin, Augusto Pinochet, and Slobodan Milosevic—and finally naked—to show that “we all have evil within us,” the artist says.

“The Life of Christ”


Beginning tomorrow, watercolors by James Tissot, part of his series of 350 paintings that tell the story of the New Testament, will go on display at the Brooklyn Museum for the first time in more than 20 years.

“The Axe That Revealed the Age of Mankind”


This 400,000-year-old flint hand axe—discovered in 1859 and the first strong piece of evidence that humans had been living much longer than a few thousand years—is being displayed at the Natural History Museum for the first time. (Keep in mind that archaeologists have since discovered stone tools that date back more than 2 million years.)

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