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Provocative Argentine artist Leon Ferrari was 92

/ 07:41 AM July 27, 2013

Argentine artist Leon Ferrari. AP

In this Dec. 1, 2004 file photo, a figure of Christ crucified on a U.S. combat plane hangs at an exhibition by Argentine artist Leon Ferrari at the Centro Cultural Recoleta in Buenos Aires, Argentina. AP

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentines are mourning the death of world-renowned artist and human rights activist Leon Ferrari, known for works challenging dictators and bishops and a world at war.

The 92-year-old Ferrari was buried Friday in his native Buenos Aires, where he did his most provocative work. His most memorable piece may be a Christ figure crucified on the wings of a U.S. jet fighter during the Vietnam War. Later, his colleges mixed images of Adolph Hitler and Argentina’s military junta with figures from the Roman Catholic Church.

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The Buenos Aires archbishop who is now Pope Francis called Ferrari a blasphemer after he put statues of the Virgin in a blender, little saints in baby bottles, and Christ figures in a toaster to criticize how religion is fed to the masses.

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