Thursday, February 25, 2010

Christee, The Clown

Christee, The Clown

Attributed to M. Cook

Acrylic on stretch canvas

ca. 1975

Clownism, Religious Art

Christee's message is not that the circus is a place for fun, or for terror, but that He Lives, and explained in Christee's eyes which proselytize the good word.  Also hidden on Christee's face are any number of other messages ("Church is good" "Eat Your Vegetables"), etcetera and so on.  Christee joins the pantheon of religious art (the Sisteine Chapel, and other works) to tell the story of faith to the faithless and to reaffirm the smug and the saved.

However the real controversy behind Christee is the change that artist M. Cook's signature on this work has been forged by a possuer.  As such, and until the artist identifies his/herself, the work will be considered one bathed as much in controversy as it is in the light of Gee-sus.

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1 comment:

  1. I wish I hadn't seen this.And...why is his head sitting on a frog foot?


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