A controversial Oscars-style golden statue depicting Kanye West in a crucifixion pose is set to be auctioned off as part of a contemporary art auction. The sculpture was made by the street artist known as Plastic Jesus. The L.A.-based provocateur’s work often comments on news events, pop culture and politics.
The statue is set to go up for auction for $30,000 as a part of a contemporary art auction. The collaborative artwork was created by Plastic Jesus, while the head was moulded by Las Vegas-based horror artist, Joshua Ginger Monroe.
The artwork is expected to fetch $30,000 at the Julien’s Auctions six-day Degrees of Separation event in Beverly Hills, with an exhibition and sale running from June 25 through June 30. In a phone interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Plastic Jesus says the piece is titled “False Idol,” and was inspired by the way in which the media and the general public treat West.
He explained that ‘When we build people into idols, we have expectations and if they fail to meet those expectations, we crucify them.‘
The auction will be a presentation including more than 50 new and never-before-seen original works from today’s biggest names in the vanguard of contemporary art, photography, street art and music of the day. These include Blek le Rat, RISK, Estevan Oriol, Billy Morrison, Dave Navarro & PADHiA (Duel Diagnosis), WrdSmth, Plastic Jesus, and Meg Zany.
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