Monday 8 January 2007

Jolie Virgin Mary

Kate Kretz - Blessed Art Thou (2006) © Chelsea Galleria and the artistSome artists will do anything to grab attention. US artist Kate Kretz, who has been painting for 20 years without anyone taking a lot of notice, has shot to fame thanks to her portrait of Angelina Jolie as the Virgin Mary, complete with little angels Shiloh, Maddox and Zahara, hovering above a supermarket checkout (Wal-Mart, if you need to know). It's called Blessed Art Thou. Gorgeous celebrity or fat shoppers? Did Kate bother to find out whether Angelina is an atheist or not before she decided to depict her as the Virgin Mary? Sooner or later, one of these presumptuous, publicity-hungry artists is going to be sued.


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