Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

across a Line.(Art)

Byline: About Art TOM COLLINS

Amid an outcry from the Catholic Church, 'Our Lady' presents a serious homage to artist's religious faith

I had meant to write this week about the extraordinary new exhibition "Eye on Modernism," now at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. It's one of the most instructive, enjoyable exhibitions that this city or region has seen in memory. However, I will save that piece for next week as my attention is entirely diverted by a smoldering brush fire that has erupted into a full conflagration.

For the past couple of weeks, I have watched with interest, reduced to regret, the controversy surrounding the photo-collage "Our Lady," based on the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, by L.A.-based, Mexican-American artist Alma Lopez. The color collage is in a small traveling exhibition from Los Angeles, "Cyber Arte," now at the International Folk Art Museum. It's an altered replication of the well-known portrait of the Virgin Mary miraculously imprinted on the cloak of a Mexican-Indian camposino, Juan Diego, to whom she appeared on a hillside outside Mexico City in 1531. …

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