10/24/2013 10:56 am ET | Updated Dec 24, 2013

82nd & Fifth: THE DARK LORD by Kurt Behrendt

This work depicts the Buddhist deity Mahakala, which means the "great dark one" or "blackness," standing on a corpse and holding a knife and a skull. "It not only grabs my attention and pulls me into this alternate reality, but it plays very much with issues that I find threatening," says curator Kurt Behrendt.

Zoom in on the cloth.

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