Joel Osteen Artwork Removed from Atlanta Library

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Mona Lisa, he ain't.
Art is subjective. As we've seen with Robert Mapplethorpe exhibits and crosses floating in urine, it can also be controversial. But normally, garden-variety portraits don't rise to the level of pissing people off...unless they are of super preacher Joel Osteen, apparently.

A Grayson, Georgia, library was forced to remove the artwork of Osteen and a number of other "famous" ministers when a visitor complained. Grayson is a small community about 30 miles northeast of Atlanta and wouldn't appear to be the hub of religious unrest, but it does hang artwork from local artists including Ralph Beach. His exhibit was supposed to remain in the library until August 11, but it came down sooner according to the Gwinnett Daily Post (click that link to see an image of the Osteen masterpiece).

"They made me take it down," Beach said. "I guess some of the bigwigs from the office in charge of the libraries ... said it was 'inclusive, too narrow.'"

#The library originally hung the art, but a library official said that the scope of the art wasn't realized until it was on view to the public.

#"Both the community and local artists have enjoyed and benefited from the art program at the library," said Barbara Spruill, branch services division director for Gwinnett County Public Library. "We started the program so that the community could experience the work of local artists in a neutral environment. ... The library strives to present the community with a broad perspective. What has happened with Mr. Beach is unfortunate. The scope of this display was not realized until it was fully installed."

Beach doesn't only create religious works -- he paints nature and people as well.

"Scope of this display" is nice speak for "a bunch of artwork of preachers." Frankly, we think they would have had an easier go of it had they opted for Osteen's wife, Victoria. While she may be a little tough on airlines, she isn't exactly difficult to look at. Maybe a portrait of her with a halo would have been more acceptable.



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adaesmoot
adaesmoot

If one person can complain and the art is taken down, Can one person complain and have it put  back up? :)

keriknott
keriknott

the writer ...Jeff Blake....was moving along just finn keeping ,me interested.... i am a reader and lover of art....and world religions....then he had to close with some sort of jab at Osteens wife....i giggled....living in houston....

well just let the wind out of my sails....it was a good read until it got personnel....and making snide remarks....about a woman...who loves a man....who loves god...in his own way.....to the best of his ability....and im sure there are some nice things about her as well...

Gayle Nuñez-Amaro
Gayle Nuñez-Amaro

Shallow minded people should not have so much say so on things like this. If the woman found it so offensive why didn't she just walk away??

Thor Delph
Thor Delph

Poor Christians are just so oppressed.

Brent Tisdale
Brent Tisdale

I wonder if they would have taken it down if it was paintings of famous serial killers, or known satanists

James Fremont
James Fremont

Did it show him diving into a room full of money like Scrooge McDuck?

Carole Billingsley
Carole Billingsley

All you have to do is click the link in the story to see the artwork. And, isn't it your story???

H_e_x
H_e_x

 @adaesmoot If it didn't work for Tilted Arc, it won't work for this.

H_e_x
H_e_x

 @keriknott People read one chapter of Finnegans Wake and they think they're James Joyce.

TOLDYA
TOLDYA

Maybe you could point some of those "things" out ?

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