Seen In Brooklyn

Via Laughing Squid:

New Zealand street artist Owen Dippie, the incredible mind behind the Renaissance Mutant Ninja Turtles mural, recently created “The Radiant Madonna“, a giant mural that features the Virgin Mary cradling a distinctive Keith Haring figure on the side of a Brooklyn building. Dippie explained the concept behind the mural, which was done in cooperation with the Bushwick Collective, “If art is a religion then Keith Haring is a god”.

(Tipped by JMG reader Wilson)

  • bkmn

    Is that the sound of fundie heads exploding? Yummy!!!

    • Lakeview Bob

      I thought I heard a popping sound too. Now I know why?

  • Sk3ptic


  • medaka


  • Eebadee-eebadee-thatsallfolks

    I’ve got to admit I like it, but then I’ve always liked a good juxtaposition of modern and renaissance art.

  • JT

    Cue to christofascists whining because Haring was gay.

    • Tor

      As were the greatest Renaissance artists.

      • JT

        Yes, and it didn’t stop a number of Popes from commissioning Michelangelo to do the Sistine Chapel.

  • anne marie in philly


  • another_steve

    Keith Haring — a very talented artist — helped usher in the elevation of graffiti in public spaces to an “art form.” Much to the everlasting shame of the art world.

    If you lived in New York City in the 1980s or if you live today in any urban setting practically anywhere in the world, you know what the result of that is/was.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Thank you. While I am a Haring fan, he is not a god.
      I like the old VS new-ish of this piece. It’s balanced in composition. It shows the talents and education of the artist. I’m sure it will piss some people off as it was meant to. I like it.

    • marshlc

      The result? A whole bunch of really ugly graffiti, which would have been there if Keith Haring had never existed, and some good public art.

      The kids defacing property with sub literate profanity have never heard of graffiti being an art form, and don’t care.

      • another_steve

        I think Haring and the arts community of his day helped create an “environment,” if you will, whereby it was okay to create art on public property without the public’s permission.

        The end result of that was the New York City subway system of the 1980s. Anyone who isn’t familiar with that can google. A phenomenon that gave inspiration to many others and led to the graffiti blight that has since covered the world.

        I don’t want to detract one iota from Haring’s considerable talent, however. He was an artistic genius, and his loss at such a young age was a tragic loss for the arts.

        • Right Through You

          No, you’re mistaken. Not only mistaken, but willfully mistaken in order to assert a crypto-fascist political point. Your artlessness is transparent.

          Graffiti predates Haring by milennia. It’s like blaming gravity on Newton.

  • JT
    • Gerry

      I love the way all the participants are completely dehumanized, reduced to their sex organs or fetishized body parts. Just like loveless, anonymous sex IRL.

  • LonelyLiberal

    Meh. What’s this trying to say to me? It’s not a good marriage of the older and newest styles of art, although the composition is good.

    To me, this has no message other than, “Look how avant-guarde I am! Please ignore that the cracked Web site has been doing this for years!”

    • Six Pins Delores

      It’s the combination of the mural and gawd giving approval by beaming sun rays down through t clouds in the picture.

  • I like the stuttering feeling this mural gives my brain. Lovely.

  • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

    I don’t take it as being sacrilegious, not that I’d care anyway. I like it.

    • another_steve

      I agree; it doesn’t come across as sacrilegious. Oddly, the clash of imagery works.

      There’ll be the usual rants from the usual suspects, but lots of Christians will be okay with it, I predict.

  • Mary. please!

  • bambinoitaliano

    I wonder if they’ll call for beheading his head.

  • 2karmanot


  • Peter

    I can see how religious people would really like this. The radiant baby is sort of a contemporary version of the haloes that were in the old paintings. It’s a very happy work, with a sly smile on the mother.

    • Gregory In Seattle

      Most images of the Madonna give her a sly smile. After all, it is not every woman who can go from being pregnant with a soldier’s son to being pregnant with the Son of God.

  • Danny

    My 9-year old nephew does stick drawings in 4th grade which are distinguishable from Haring’s only in that they don’t celebrate a sexual subculture of hyper-promiscuity that has brought catastrophe to the vast majority of its participants, Haring included.

    • Six Pins Delores

      Bet your nine year old nephew will turn out to be a cocksucker like you.

    • Cuberly

      Let me guess, perhaps this is more your speed.

      • perversatile

        Only if it matches the couch (snark)
        I understand if Kincaid spilt Jack Daniels on it- the value goes soring, from about 2.75 to almost 5 whole dollars

    • perversatile

      maybe your son
      should try his “hand”
      at tempera enema expulsion paintings,
      I hear there is a real future in that

  • Ginger Snap

    I have to agree that Keith Haring is a God. His work is amazing to my senses.

  • JCF

    Beautiful. (And sacred!)

  • Capritaur


  • Adam

    Owne Dippieis a great artist! Does he have a Twitter or tumblr?