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  • Design Credit: Samantha Todhunter Design Ltd., Photo Credit: Oliver Clarke.Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 18 in.
  • Design Credit: Lucy Harris Studio, Photo Credit: Francesco Bertocci.Dimensions: H 24 in. x W 18 in.
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Mark Steven Greenfield
Burnin' Down the House

2018

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Greenfield's versions are rendered in the Byzantine style of their art historical predecessors, with the black Virgin Mother and Baby Jesus as the central focus within circular compositions, or tondos. These tondos float amongst abstract discs, set within fields of lustrous, gold leaf. The Madonnas predominate before a variety of backgrounds, which were traditionally innocuous. Greenfield, however, presents these backdrops as various revenge fantasies, where white supremacists are cast in the role of victims, suffering the fates they often inflicted.

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