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Chocolate Jesus returns back to NYC?
I keep hearing about this sculpture made of milk chocolate titled “My Sweet Lord”. The artist is Cosimo Cavallaro and there has been great debate and controversy surrounding the work. What has gotten the Catholic Church in an uproar is that the sculpture is a nude anatomically correct Jesus Christ (no loin cloth). (http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=3740894)
The sculpture was to be part of a traveling exhibition, but because of cancellations and protests it is returning back to a Chelsea art gallery. The Proposition Gallery (www.theproposition.com) is to open an exhibit of the piece along with several other chocolate Catholic icons, from the Virgin Mary to Saint Francis. On the galleries website you can read the press release for the show and see the actual works.
I started to check our databases and found a little article about the artist Cosimo Cavallaro in Art Fulltext. There is a fulltext (PDF) article discussing the artists work with cheese and his “most renowned work”: which involved 1960s icon Twiggy and covering her with cheese. It appears the artist really likes working with food, though I am not sure if these works will make me hungry or turn me away from them. Chocolate? That may be the true test.