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Man who paints with shit named as official artist of London 2012 Olympics

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London-Olympics-stadiumAN ARTIST who uses excrement to create his works has been named as an official artist of the London 2012 Olympics.


Chris Ofili is famed for using animal dung and pictures of female genitalia in his paintings.

He sparked outrage when one of his paintings - The Holy Virgin Mary which depicted a black madonna  and close-ups of female genitalia cut from pornographic magazines - was displayed in New York and a lawsuit between the mayor of New York City, Rudy Giuliani, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art ensued.

And Ofili will be joined by Brit artist TRACEY EMIN,  famed for such classics as My C*nt is Wet With Fear and a self portrait where she is pictured stuffing bank notes up her crotch.

They are among 12 artists who will create posters celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

They were commissioned by a panel that included Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate galleries. He said: “These are artists of real distinction who represent the range and vitality of British art today.

“I’m sure there will be some unexpected contributions.”

It's entirely possible.

Emin's controversial work has included Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 and My Bed - a real bed personalised to reflect Emin’s character complete with blood-spotted underwear, vodka bottles and remnants of cigarettes.

She has been commissioned to design a poster for the Paralympic Games which must be suitable for display on the London Underground.

She said: “The main brief is that the posters are really identifiable with what we do - for me that could be a bit tricky, although my bum is all over the Tube at the moment.”

Advertisements on London's Underground system for Emin’s Love Is What You Want show at the Hayward Gallery feature her running naked down the street.

They will be joined by Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Bob and Roberta Smith and Rachel Whiteread.

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