Sacrilege is a misdemeanour towards all things divine, such as desecration, blasphemy, profanity, pop music, practically all of Lady Gaga's outfits, possibly even the internet and Facebook for sure. All the different religions, religious teachings and cults have their own set of rules. Francesco Vezzoli just came up with his own.
He reinterprets the Madonna-with-child painting and looked for more contemporary goddesses, which could be worshipped: Claudia Schiffer, Tatjana Patitz, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, to name but a few. As a result, he transformed the Gagosian Gallery into a renaissance chapel.
Each of the – let's call them Neo-Madonnas – was decorated by the artists and adorned with plenty of make-up, tattoos and über-large tear-drops, framed by Gobelin embroidery. Vezzoli reflects a twisted reality, which has an enormous influence on our lives. The Italian artist happily relies on using many, many celebrities in order to put his philosophical point across.
The golden frames of the portraits flow down like smelted matter into the form of a tear-drop and move us closer to the dreary reality, closer to the deceitful shell of the alleged beauty, which is a testament to decay, ephemerality and disillusionment. The exhibition is open until the 12th of March.
Francesco Vezzoli was born in 1971 in the Italian town of Brescia and studied at Central St. Martin's School of Art in London. His works, which include films, have been exhibited in museums all over the world, including the Guggenheim in New York, Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow and Kunsthalle Wien.
Francesco Vezzoli – Sacrilegio
Until the 12th of March 2011
522 West 21st Street