It then went to Berlin and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Many other works by Ofili in this period — including No Woman No Cry — incorporate elephant dung, particularly as supports for the canvas, inspired by a period that Ofili spent in Zimbabwe. Formally, the use of gold and the front-facing Virgin link the work to Medieval icons, making the vulgarity of the pornographic images all the more stark. In London, the museum was picketed from day one, but the media attention eventually ushered in record turnouts. Mayor Rudy Giuliani threatened to close the city-funded institution on the grounds that this artwork was offensive to religious viewers.
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I was brought up in Britain, I don't know that level of rage. In London, the museum was picketed from day one, but the media attention eventually ushered in record turnouts. The triumph of painting. New Art from Londonexh. Depictions of Mary, the mother of God, can be traced back as far as the 7th century, in various modes of representation. It was one of the works included in the Sensation exhibition in London, Berlin and New York in —