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Satanic Statue Proposal For Oklahoma State Capitol Revealed, Controversy Just Beginning

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We previously reported on their funding efforts (and their disdain for the Westboro Baptist Church), and now they've delivered. The Satanic Temple, a Satanist group based out of New York, has revealed a design of a 7-foot statue, including a pentagram, a "goat-headed Baphomet," and two children looking on, which would join an already-constructed monument commemorating the Ten Commandments on the lawn of Oklahoma's state capitol.

The Oklahoma legislators approved the privately-funded Ten Commandments statue in 2009, a move that was immediately faced with an ACLU lawsuit. Incidentally, the lawsuit, which hopes to remove the Ten Commandments statue, now stands in the way of approval for the Satanists and other groups: the Oklahoma City Preservation Committee voted to ban construction of new monuments on capitol grounds until a judge rules on the case.

Philly.com reports on the Satanist statue controversy:

“The statue will serve as a beacon calling for compassion and empathy among all living creatures,” said spokesman Lucian Greaves. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”...

"Either way you cut it, this is a First Amendment issue," Greaves said. "Once they open that door, they can't discriminate."...

Greaves assured the Satanists’ monument would be “in good taste and consistent with community standards.”

He also noted that there were a surprising amount of Oklahomans interested in constructing the statue. Still, state legislators have decided that the Satanists may not build their statue alongside the Ten Commandments, though their decision is moot until the ACLU lawsuit is up.

Lucian Greaves summed up the importance of Satanism, and its deserved place alongside the capitol, eloquently:

“Medieval witch-hunts taught us to adopt presumption of innocence, secular law, and a more substantive burden of proof,” he said.

“Today, we are rightly offended by the notion of blasphemy laws and divine fiats. Acknowledging wrongful persecutions has helped shape the legal system that preserves the sovereignty of our skeptics, heretics, and the misunderstood. It has shaped a proud culture of tolerance and free inquiry. This is to be a historical marker commemorating the scapegoats, the marginalized, the demonized minority, and the unjustly outcast.”

What do you think of the Satanist statue?


The Most Photorealistic iPad Painting Ever Created? — VIDEO

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Watch British artist Kyle Lambert's creation as it comes to life and be amazed.

Lambert made it with the Procreate app, the NYDN reports:

Some have called into question the image’s authenticity, skeptical that a portrait can be recreated with such stunning detail. Lambert has sent the file into the Procreate development team so that they can verify the entire painting was done from scratch, he said.

Lambert said he hopes his viral recreation will inspire a new generation of app artists that will see their tablets and phones as a blank canvas.

“Just with an iPad and the touch screen technology, you can do cool things,” Lambert said. “The more people that understand they can do that, the better.”

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Francis Bacon Triptych of Lucian Freud Sells for Record-Breaking $142 Million: VIDEO

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Francis Bacon's triptych 'Three Studies of Lucian Freud' has sold for $142 million, the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction, the Guardian reports:

The 1969 triptych, never before offered at auction, had carried a pre-sale estimate of about $85m. In the end it easily eclipsed the $119.9m price of Edvard Munch's The Scream, achieved in May 2012 year at Sotheby's. The previous record for a Bacon work of art was $86.3m set in 2008.

The monumental painting depicts the Dublin-born painter's friend and fellow artist Lucian Freud on a chair, with a view from each side and one face-on. Christie's called it "a true masterpiece that marks Bacon and Freud's relationship" and their "creative and emotional kinship".

With bidding starting at a whopping $80m, it sold after a protracted bidding war both in the packed New York salesroom and via telephone. Christie's did not disclose the identity of the successful buyer.

Watch Christie's explain why the painting is so significant in a fascinating 4-minute featurette surrounding the sale, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Tom of Finland's L.A. Studio Revealed by His Muse and Mentor: VIDEO PREMIERE

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Starting on November 2, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is presenting the first American museum exhibition devoted to the art of Bob Mizer (1922–1992) and Touko Laaksonen, aka “Tom of Finland” (1920–1991), two of the most significant figures of 20th century erotic art and leaders  of an emerging post-war gay culture.

TomoffinlandAs part of the exhibition, MOCAtv has produced a short film about the Tom of Finland foundation, which sits on a quiet, tree-lined street in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. The foundation is located in a house where 'Tom of Finland' lived with Foundation co-founder and former Bruce Weber model Durk Dehner.

Dehner met the artist after seeing an illustration that was hanging at NYC's Spike bar, and Dehner met Tom and became his caretaker, and one of Tom's muses.

MOCA is allowing Towleroad readers to be the first to see this film, which features Dehner and foundation Vice President S.R. Sharp discussing Tom's work, how he got his name, and why he moved to Los Angeles.

The home is open to the public as well.

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Male Art Student Plans To Lose Anal Virginity in Front of 100 People

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The Daily Mirror reports on a 19 year old male student, Clayton Pettet, studying at Central Saint Martins art school in the UK who is planning to lose his anal virginity in a performance piece in order to “stimulate debate.” The piece, entitled, “Art School Stole My Virginity,” is set to be performed in front of 100 people this coming January. Pettet, who has reportedly planned the performance since he was 16, will have sex for the first time with a friend. Though controversy has erupted surrounding the performance, Pettet has defended his decision, emphasizing that his choice has been carefully considered:

“I've held on to my virginity for 19 years and I'm not throwing it away lightly.”

"I have decided to use mine and the loss of it to create a piece that I think will stimulate debate” [...]

"Virginity to me is conceptual and losing it as a performance piece is the way I have chosen to do that. But for a reason I haven't said the layout of the piece, the location of the piece, or what is actually going to happen.

"So for people comparing it to a live sex show, I can assure you it will be nothing like that."

You can visit Clayton’s tumblr HERE (warning: some images work-unfriendly).


Banksy Sets up Shop Near Central Park, Few Notice: VIDEO

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You missed the chance to get an original Banksy over the weekend. Apparently a lot of people did. "Yesterday I set up a stall in the park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases. For $60 each," the street artist, who's holding a month-long 'exhibition' in New York City, announced on his website.

'More Out Than In' will be running all month. Find it when and where you can. More works here.

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