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Franco Scores Hit Reviews With Art Critics For ‘Gay Town’

The multi-talented James Franco launches intimate art exhibit in Berlin

By: Eleanor Boddie
Published: February 11th, 2013 in Culture » Art » News
Arguably best known for his contributions in front of the camera, James Franco has recently demonstrated his ability to succeed in other facets of the art world.

‘Gay Town,’ his Berlin-based exhibition revealing a collection of artwork- including painting, video, drawing, film, sculpture, and photography- was all influenced by his life and growth as an artist. From his days on ‘Spiderman’ to his modelling work for Gucci, Franco presents a “tongue-in-cheek” glimpse into his very own thoughts on the public presentation or “persona” of himself, society’s preoccupation with celebrity, and societal stereotypes. His humour is without question, even adorning one canvas with the word “weed”, perhaps jesting to the frequent rumours he is a “pot-head”.

Gallerist, Javier Peres, notes the process of the exhibition “happened very organically” and that the two would throw ideas back and forth via Skype whilst Franco worked on his various projects, often in his hotel room or trailer. Not quite Warhol’s Factory, but I suppose for the young Hollywood starlet, it’s the best he can do.

Without a doubt, Franco has arguably an interesting eye when it comes to art and its forms. Whether it be his artistic video for R.E.M’s ‘Blue’ or his outstanding performance in ‘127 hours’, he continues to impress and amass a crowd of followers, from Blockbuster goers to the indie art world.

Right now, the art world is a flame for Franco’s ‘Gay Town,’ his second exhibit in Germany’s capital. Coinciding with the Berlin Film Festival, you can check out Franco’s show now through March 9th.

Related articles: James Franco, Art, Berlin, Gaytown, Spiderman, Gucci, 127 Hours, REM
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