Christian Jankowski's video called "Casting Jesus," from 2011.
After the hard work of spending almost a quarter of my budget on that one vintage Stella, it was time to buy something "cheap" and contemporary and irreverent. For only $80,000, Klosterfelde gallery, from Berlin, had a new piece by Christian Jankowski, one of my favorite younger artists. In Rome, the artist launched a casting call for the perfect Jesus, and got officials from the Vatican to choose the best Christ. His straight-faced video records the actors trying to be Christ-like, and the comments of the judges as they ask for saintly gestures from the aspirants. ("Not very convincing," says one judge to his colleagues, after he's asked one "Jesus" to look up to the skies in devotion.) My $80K also bought me a suite of production stills from the project.