Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Art Exhibit Paints Old Masters In A New Light

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Several artists will have a brush with success when they rework classic paintings with a modern approach for an exhibition called Remastered.

Exhibit spokeswoman Thalia Mavros says the concept is to take old masters’ works that we “don’t actively engage in our life” anymore, and have artists reconceptualize them in a modern context.

For example, she says one artist who was given Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper replaced Jesus with Michael Jackson and his apostles with other stars like Elizabeth Taylor, Macaulay Culkin, Bubbles the chimp and Jackson’s lawyer.

Mavros says the work implies that “celebrities are the new religion” and that “Jackson is having his last supper right now.”

She says, “Subversion is what we’re about.”

The show will have a preview exhibition in San Francisco from April 1 through May 13 before moving to New York.

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