A Literal Art Attack in a Colorado Gallery

The attack's aftermath
The attack's aftermath

Last week, 56-year-old truck driver Kathleen Folden, proudly wearing her "My Savior Is as Tough as Nails" T-shirt and wielding a crowbar, walked into an art gallery in Loveland, Colorado and proceeded to destroy a plexiglas display case and the work of art it contained.

Enrique Chagoya, a San Francisco artist and professor at Stanford University, created the print in question, The Misadventures of Romantic Cannibals. The piece depicts the head of Jesus Christ atop a mostly-clothed female body with another man's tongue near female Jesus' crotch. Folden destroyed the work because, she said, it "desecrates [her] lord."

Before the piece's destruction, the gallery had been home to a heated debate over the print. It received hate mail and a swarm of comments from all parties involved in the issue. Both sides agree Folden's actions were inappropriate.

Folden was charged with criminal mischief, and someone anonymously posted her bail. She apparently had driven from Montana to Colorado for the sole purpose of destroying the print, which was valued at around $3,000. The gallery was selling copies of the print, but has stopped for the time being. Enrique Chagoya receives death threats, Folden will probably be fined around $2,000, and now gallery patrons look at a broken cage and a note describing the incident.

What have we learned? For starters, people are batshit crazy, and Maurizio Cattelan should steer clear of Montana truck drivers.


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