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Mr. Brainwash

Don't Be Cruel (Red Gun), 2008

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Details

Lot 46
Screenprint and spray paint on hand-torn textured archival art paper
36.0 x 24.0 in (91.4 x 61.0 cm)
Edition of 200
Signed, dated, and numbered on recto; thumb-printed and dated on verso

Location

This work ships from the United States.


Description

Merging the influences of street art and Pop, Mr. Brainwash appropriates images from a wide range of sources, from art history to entertainment and consumer culture, subverting their typical meanings and associations through his alterations and juxtapositions. Making a larger political statement of consumerism and celebrities, Elvis "the King" Presley is seen here holding a machine gun as a guitar.


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About Mr. Brainwash

The pseudonym of Thierry Guetta (French, b. 1966), Mr. Brainwash is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Pop artist who burst onto the scene with his 2008 solo exhibition, “Life is Beautiful”. This exhibition was documented in Banksy’s 2010 film, “Exit Through the Gift Shop.” Guetta’s backstory is famously murky; he has claimed to be an orphan and a cousin of artist Invader, but many people doubt the authenticity of his story. After filming artists such as Shepard Fairey, he only began creating his own work after a suggestion from Banksy. Mr. Brainwash’s art includes paintings and silkscreens of world icons, portraits of music legends constructed of broken records, and large-scale sculptural installations.