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Bold and beautiful Any woman fierce enough to pull off a unibrow, flower crowns, and mis-matched prints deserves a little sartorial recognition. Frida Kahlo, famous Mexican painter and all-around badass, lives on through her clothes in new exhibit Appearances Can Be Deceiving. Nearly sixty years after her death, the artist’s brightly colored wardrobe, which had since been locked up in trunks, is finally being put on display for all to see. The dresses, which will be on rotation in the artist’s former home until November 22, are said to still smell of perfume and cigarette smoke (though museum officials probably forbid up-close sniffing). Surviving childhood polio and a violent road accident, the artist was left disfigured for the rest of her life. Kahlo’s long, vibrantly hued dresses were her way to celebrate life and beauty despite painful scars. Check out some of Frida Kahlo's colorful dresses, along with a video from the exhibit's curator below.
Jody Rogac will exhibit her first solo show, Pictures, at Ed. Varie Thursday night. The Vancouver-raised, English-born photographer moved to New York just three years ago and has already managed to capture the critical acclaim of PDN (their 30 emerging photographers of 2011) and the clientele roster of the likes of the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, i-D and Nylon. Jody's allure lies much in the fact that her photography blurs the line of fashion and art, creating pieces that are defined more by subject and space. Pictures will span her body of work from her arrival in the city to her current forthcoming project with installation artist Sara Cwynar. Check out hearty's 2009 feature on Jody here and revisit her hearty cover here. More info on her exhibit at Ed. Varie this Thursday night below.
What does this say about the man that is James Franco? James Franco is taking you to a town you may have visited before. Opening his new art exhibit in Berlin, the artwork in GAY TOWN is impressive and inspired from his work in film. This is clear from the "F**k Spidey" piece (let's remember Franco was the villain in the Tobey Maguire Spiderman takedown) to the "Oz" piece that's sure to reference his new cinematic exploit. Art is particularly adept, as an expressive medium, at pinpointing the psyche of the artist. So it is with "James 'the thinker' Franco" featuring an excerpt (contrived?) of Franco's parallels to James Dean and his unending praises, the work is supposedly a variation on the "society's preoccupation with celebrity" theme. Other themes include adolescent, public and private persona and stereotypes--repeats of his book Palo Alto. The exhibit's press release maintains that Franco created the works over the past two years in various hotel rooms and movie sets. Meaning the Spiderman inspiration has stuck with him. Our favorite? The "K-Stew" poke at society in the form of prosthetic boobs. GAY TOWN opened February 9 at a temporary project space on Karl-Marx-Allee and will be open until March 9. Check out more of James Franco's work from "GAY TOWN" below. Found via: Buzzfeed
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James Franco is a rebel with a cause James Franco adds another artistic accomplishment to his repertoire. Rebel, Franco’s first stab as a curator opens at the MOCA in LA this week. The exhibition, which draws inspiration from Nicholas Ray’s classic film Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean, features an array of mixed media, film, and instillation work by artists such as Harmony Korine, Douglas Gordon, Damon McCarthy, and Ed Ruscha among others. Of course, in typical Franco fashion, there’s plenty of sex, dildos, and cross-dressing to make Rebel feel vastly different from Rebel Without a Cause. Think the movie coming off a mean bender and you’ll probably end up with what the exhibit is like. Rebel will at the Los Angeles MOCA from now until June 23. Get a sneak peek of the exhibition below.