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Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Kaelen Wilson-Goldie was responsible for a two page feature on Chris Ofili, from an era in which the artist arguably achieved his most notable levels of press and media visibility, owing, in no small part, to the notoriety surrounding his use of elephant dung. The piece (which coincided with the showing of Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection, at Brooklyn Museum of Art) appeared on pages 86-87 of Art & Auction, November 1, 1999. The text opened with, “Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about Chris Ofili and his now infamous painting, The Holy Virgin Mary, on view at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in “Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection,” through January 9, 2000. Thanks to the boisterous objections of New York Mayor Rudolph W. Guiliani and the ensuing frenzy over issues of financial propriety, religious sensitivity, censorship and artistic taste, the exhibition is now destined to go down as thoroughly controversial, a good two years after it opened in London. But what of the artist whose work sparked this mess?”

There then followed more on Ofili, including several quotes from the artist, including a lengthy one about him reflecting on The Holy Virgin Mary. In the said quotem Ofili claims “I wanted to see how the way black femailes are portrayed in hip hop would woprk with something sacred, like the cherubs, which are really clippings from women’s vaginas from porn magazines.”

At the time of writing this text, Kaelen Wilson-George was the assistant editor of Art & Auction. The piece was illustrated with a full-page reproduction of The Adoration of Captain Shit and the Legend of the Black Stars, 1998.

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