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Leon Ferrari (born in 1920), is a contemporary conceptual artist.
Born in Buenos Aires, Ferrari employs methods such as collage, photocopying and sculpture in wood, plaster or ceramics. He often uses text, particularly newspaper clippings or poetry, in his pieces. His art often deals with the subject of power and religion; images or statues of the saints, the Virgin Mary or Jesus may be found in cages, sinks, meat blenders or frying pans. He has also dealt with issues of United States influence — in his best-known work, La civilizacion occidental y cristiana , Christ appears crucified on a fighter plane, as a symbolic protest against the Vietnam War .
Ferrari has also written articles for left-leaning newspaper Pagina 12. His work and his politics have brought him into some controversy and notoriety. He was forced into exile in Sao Paulo, Brazil from 1976 to 1991 following threats by the military dictatorships. His 2001 exhibition in Spain, which dealt with torture and the Catholic Church, was met with demonstrations and prayer meetings, and even paint-throwing and tear gas. In 2004, his exhibition in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, was forced to close following intervention by a Catholic priest and a subsequent court order. Protests and government action allowed the exhibition to reopen.
Tangled Alphabets: Leon Ferrari and Mira Schendel at MoMA
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