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The Walker Curates the News: 06.08.15

León Ferrari’s La Civilización Occidental y Cristiana (Western Christian Civilization), 1965. Photo courtesy Walker Art Center

León Ferrari’s La Civilización Occidental y Cristiana, a six-foot sculpture depicting Christ crucified on a US war plane, “marks a moment in which pop art is radicalized in Argentina—all in the months before the first of two oppressive military regimes takes over the country,” writes Carolina Miranda. Part of the Walker’s International Pop show, the work was criticized when it was shown as part of a 2004 retrospective of Ferrari’s work in Buenos Aires: Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio—now known as Pope Francis—described the Vietnam-era protest work as “blasphemy” and “an embarrassment.”

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