|Virtual Exhibit of the Seven Deadly Sins by Renee Kahn|
(as imagined by Robert Callahan)
Not having been educated in Christian theology, I knew nothing about the Seven Deadly Sins until I began to teach Art History at the University of Connecticut in the 1970s. Along with the Sins, I learned the meaning of all sorts of esoteric (to me) terms: Depositions, Annunciations etc., but I have to say, it was the Seven Deadly Sins that intrigued me most. Even though the concept dates to the 14th century, the Sins seem so modern, so up-to-date. An evening spent watching television will give you enough Sin to last a lifetime. Of course, historically, sins were punished, often in gruesome ways: i.e. gluttons were forced to eat rats, toads and snakes and the greedy were boiled in oil. In today’s real world, sinners are rewarded with mansions in Greenwich and fleets of Mercedes Benz’s.
|"Vanity" (after Goya) Oil on canvas 2 panels, 54"x40" each|
|"Anger/Greed"- Oil on canvas 36"x48|
|"Male Stripper Performing in Darien" (Lust)|
Oil on canvas 60"x72
Bring back SATIRE, not only in art, but in literature and theater. Humor is a great way to get back at “Sinners.” Where are the Vonnegut’s, the Brecht’s, the Grosz’s when we need them? Meanwhile, the public watches idiots “shake their booty” and considers it “art”.