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The Gayest Painting of Our Time?


In my online travels I ran across this kitschy take on Noah's Ark yesterday on Flickr and was momentarily stunned by the gayness of it all. 'Noah's Gay Wedding Cruise', which artist Paul Richmond created for a gallery show called “Sweet & Low: Optimism in a Pessimistic Age” at Gallery Arcane in San Francisco, features an iconic cast of characters — Ellen & Portia, Rosie and Kelli, Jack Twist and Ennis del Mar, Bert and Ernie, Elton John and David Furnish as well as penguins and assorted other homo fauna.

However, I was much more amused by the range of drowning sinners bobbing about in the flood: a sopped Ann Coulter, Larry Craig clinging to a toilet, Sally Kern, Fred Phelps, and Kenneth Starr. That's Pat Boone's guitar. A 'Yes on 8' supporter.

As art it's not really up my alley, but I could certainly appreciate the message.


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  1. :-)

    kitschy (spl chk) cute with a message

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Feb 25, 2009 11:46:27 AM

  2. WOOT! WOOT! That's my boy!!! If you are in San Francisco, come check out Paul's work in PERSON! It's way more mind-blowing in the flesh!

    Posted by: karyn jane hunt | Feb 25, 2009 12:02:33 PM

  3. Love it!

    Posted by: Sportin' Life | Feb 25, 2009 12:27:25 PM

  4. Are you sure that's Kenneth Starr? Looks more like Pat Buchanon to me.

    Posted by: steve | Feb 25, 2009 1:28:34 PM

  5. I like it. I would have like to have seen some straight allies on the boat though.

    Posted by: Matt | Feb 25, 2009 1:34:59 PM

  6. This is going in a frame and up on the wall!

    Posted by: Ken Atkins | Feb 25, 2009 1:49:32 PM

  7. Works for me. I'd buy a print and hang it in my office.

    Posted by: Tony | Feb 25, 2009 2:40:39 PM

  8. Range in sinners? There is no range here. There's no diversity. THey're all Republican Americans. Where's Mahmoud "no gays in Iran (except the ones we hang)" Ahmedinejad? Where's the artist formerly known as the artist formerly known as "Sticking it wherever" Prince?

    Posted by: DaveO | Feb 25, 2009 3:49:19 PM

  9. That's the first thought that came to my mind, Tony! Where's "reformed bisexual" Prince?

    Posted by: Marti | Feb 25, 2009 4:02:47 PM

  10. I was thinking "ken starr" was james dobson. I would have loved to see robertson and dobson in the water, too.

    Posted by: KFLO | Feb 25, 2009 4:24:40 PM

  11. Totally disrespectfull of the Jewish faith (Noah's Ark is from the Jewish Scriptures, Book of Genesis) who have not, as a faith, been part of the American persecution of Gays and Lesbians. It's quite insulting, actually. But the offense is against the Lord, whom the painter will have to explain himself to. It is sickening that there are so many of us evangelical Christians who are pro-gay, who have stood side by side wit the gay community in their demand for the protection of their rights, and yet we now have to deal with persecution from that same gay community because of the hate of a vocal minority. If you think that Christianity as a whole in America resembles anything you see on the 700 Club or other TV preachers, you have a horrible and totally incorrect view of Christianity. The Bible is 100% progay. But since you'd rather listen to the hate speach of mortal biased men rather than the pure and loving acceptance of God's Holy Word, I guess you'll just remain in ignorance and be guilty of the same persecution you charge innumerable innocent Christians with, who have loved youith a true, supportive and honest heart. - Rev. Jim Cunningham, King James Bible Ministries,

    Posted by: Jim Cunningham | Feb 25, 2009 4:39:58 PM

  12. This is supposed to be something for us to find amusing and have a bit of fun with, yet here we are with some people finding fault and not being able to find some satisfaction, no matter the good intentions. Geesh! Gay people irk the hell outta me sometimes!

    Posted by: AntBee | Feb 25, 2009 4:42:53 PM

  13. How, specifically, is it disrespectful of Judaism, Jim? Can you name why other than it involves noah's ark and same sex relationships?

    Right, christianity and the bible are 100% progay, we just don't get it, huh? Whenever an evangelical or mormon compares us to terrorists, or inveighs against us as sinners...we're just missing the big picture.'re a loon.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 25, 2009 4:59:49 PM

  14. OH, I forgot to be negative. This picture is meh. Too cutesie.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 25, 2009 5:01:05 PM

  15. Does it come in velvet?

    If Christians were so pro-gay, the prop 8 would not have passed, along with all the other marriage bans over the years, among other things.

    Posted by: anon | Feb 25, 2009 5:14:08 PM

  16. How could he forget Denny Crane and Alan Shore? Even before they married they were still a couple! Lol!

    Posted by: Marie | Feb 25, 2009 5:48:42 PM

  17. Mr. Cunningham: I'm not sure how the painting is disrepectful of the Jewish faith. It's "laying blame" (mostly) on close-minded, right-wing Christians and ultra-conservatives (the drowing people). It doesn't seem to say much, positive or negative, about Judaism or Christianity in general.

    I'm a life-long Christian. I didn't just convert in the last week or month or year or decade. People like you (and me and every other moderate Christian) certainly realize that Christ's message is being subverted by right-wing, Christian zealots/extremists (the point of the painting). So rather than cast blame and accusations at people who are railing against that subversion, you should channel your energies toward countering the extremists and fundamentalists. They are the people that Christ railed against -- the modern-day equivalent of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.

    Posted by: John in San Jose | Feb 25, 2009 7:33:11 PM

  18. Yeah, uh, Jim? That's not a vocal minority. That's a broadly supported leadership expressing the views of their membership. It's nice that so many people are trying to be good christians, and it's great when they do it through affirming congregations. However, many continue to sit in pews dominated by hate. They sit in the pews and support the hate mongers, even if they supposedly don't share those hateful beliefs. Those are the folks that don't get a pass from me. As for how this is offensive to Jews, I admit to completely missing your point. But sincere thanks for not being a gay catholic.

    Posted by: KJ | Feb 25, 2009 7:37:10 PM

  19. There is no such thing as god. Good grief, I am so sick of the madness of mankind and utterly at a loss at the need to create this fantasy and how much of our time and emotional energy is caught up in it. Amazing.

    Posted by: KPC | Feb 25, 2009 8:45:41 PM

  20. This is sick. Im annoyed enough having to see the Academy Awards distastefully turned into a hateful anti Prop 8 rally by Sean Peen (typo and I'm keeping it) and the director of Milk who should have just gracefully accepted his award and shut up. Sometimes when you say less you say more. The people of California had a right to vote yay or nay, and the majority voted for Prop 8. Why be a bunch of brats and pervert a biblical story as well? This kind of behavior makes me really resent gay activists. THIS IS NOT HELPING YOUR CAUSE. If you really feel that you are in the right with this issue, and want to convince the rest of us, you need to think of more graceful and tactful ways of getting your point across.

    Posted by: Sara J | Feb 25, 2009 11:03:35 PM

  21. Sara J:

    Suck my CUNT.

    Posted by: Rey | Feb 25, 2009 11:36:42 PM

  22. Wow, Sara J:

    Way to plagiarize the Dlisted dude! That is not at all embarrassing.

    Also, I don't need "convincing." This is not a "cause," as such, characterized by ethical ambiguity. It's a clear-cut example of ignorant and small-minded people doing the wrong thing because they can. Happens all the time. Marriage bans are part of the traditional armory of militant American prejudice, and always have been. Alabama just decided to cross out the 'no interracial marriage' clause in their state constitution in 2000; when racial separation was still a hot-button issue in the 1960s, Christian racists used the Bible to justify the moral correctness of that particular avenue of discrimination, too. Christians use the Bible for a lot of bad things, so why can't this dude use it for something good?

    It's not as though it's sacred. Or Christians wouldn't get to trot scenes from it out on their own licensed merchandise. Am I right?

    Posted by: Emma | Feb 26, 2009 1:19:09 AM

  23. Not to mention that her lame-ass little rant can't even get the role of the person who won the Academy Award for _Milk_ correct.

    And anybody who asserts that the majority has a "right" to band together and take away the rights of a minority is just a shallow little reprehensible bitch who needs to be taken out back.

    Was that "graceful and tactful"?

    Posted by: Sara J Is a Twat | Feb 26, 2009 1:27:35 AM

  24. I guess the only gay people are white. The only straight people, too.

    Posted by: Nikki | Feb 26, 2009 2:07:05 AM


    the 'Arc' story is not peculiar to the Jews -- see "Gilgamesh legend" from ancient Mesopotamia and other 'great flood' stories that predate it.

    here lies the folly of self-righteous, religious fulmination. the default position, disregarding history and logic, is, "i know i'm right, because it says so in the bible." but, that stance is a classic example of the logical fallacy of begging the question. for your premise to work, we must all agree to accept the bible as fact, instead of accepting that it is the hokum, if not hogwash, of old jewish patriarchs who wanted to impose their misogyny on the world within their purview.

    be that as it may, i love the painting. it's kind of fancifully Benton-esque -- an apt response to that bitter homophobe. i would like a print of it.

    Posted by: nic | Feb 26, 2009 6:43:30 AM

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