Category Archives: Controversial Art

The Rob Bell controversy and the video that started it all

Sorry, guys—I’ve been out of commission for the last week while writing a paper for my book marketing course at BU.  I’m writing about book trailers, and whether or not they’re effective marketing tools. One book trailer that definitely impacted … Continue reading

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Ryden’s Piano-Man Jesus

Insert Jesus into an oeuvre that regularly features wide-eyed fairytale femmes, Abraham Lincoln, and raw meat, and you’ve got yourself a Mark Ryden painting. This guy’s work, kooky to the utmost, is exhibited worldwide and sells for hundreds of thousands … Continue reading

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If you want to be tight with Jesus…

… try on these jeans.  Jesus Jeans, an Italian-based brand whose ad campaign shocked both church and state in the 1970s, is being relaunched in December after an almost-twenty-year hiatus. The ad to the right is one of the originals, … Continue reading

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Jesus Is My Homeboy: A Photograph Series

When fashion and fine arts photographer David LaChapelle saw someone wearing a “Jesus is my Homeboy” T-shirt in 2003, he was touched by the simplicity of the message.  It made him wonder who Jesus’ original homeboys (the twelve apostles) were—or … Continue reading

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‘Submerged and shining’

Last week, Andres Serrano’s photograph Piss Christ, on display at the Lambert Gallery in Avignon, was vandalized by Christian fundamentalists. The three vandals physically threatened museum guards, then took a hammer to the plexiglass in front of the artwork and … Continue reading

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