HOLIDAY HELL///A TOM SACHS CHRISTMAS TO REMEMBER
As Christmas 2008 looms ever closer, we take a moment to remember one of our favorite pieces of holiday artwork, TOM SACHS‘ legendary nativity scene starring Hello Kitty, The Simpsons, and McDonald’s:
“Tom Sachs’s turbulent entrance to the New York gallery scene coincided with a Christmas window display he designed in 1994 for the department store Barneys. His nativity scene combined the Japanese merchandising wonder Hello Kitty as Baby Jesus, Bart Simpson in triplicate as the Three Kings, and the pregnant Madonna Ciccone as the Virgin Mary. Right-wing Christian groups went on the warpath, the allegedly blasphemous scene appeared on the title page of the New York Daily News, and the controversial ensemble was removed after only one day. From this point onwards, the international art world focused its attention on Tom Sachs, acclaiming him, with his typically American home-made replicas of consumer and cultural icons, as the most legitimate successor to Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol” —Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
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