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Mr. Brainwash

American Hero (Diamond Dust), 2019

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Lot 35
Screenprint in colors with diamond dust on paper
50.0 x 38.0 in (127.0 x 96.5 cm)
Edition of 5
Signed and numbered on recto; thumb-printed and dated on verso; accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed by the artist


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Mr. Brainwash celebrates what would have been Muhammad Ali’s 77th birthday in this special edition screenprint with diamond dust. Here, a black and white Ali stands at the edge of the boxing ring as a colorful American flag flies in the background. The combination of his stance and the flag remind viewers of Ali’s power and presence as both a boxer and a civil rights activist.

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About Mr. Brainwash

The psuedonym of Thierry Guetta (French, b. 1966), Mr. Brainwash is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and Pop artist. Recognized for adding graffiti elements to well-known cultural images and positive messages, he first entered the art scene in 2008 with his solo exhibition ‘Life is Beautiful.’ His work quickly rose to prominence after being featured in Banksy’s documentary ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop,’ which revealed Banksy’s encouragement of Guetta to become an artist. Though rumors circulated that both artists are one and the same, Guetta is much more conspicuous than his mentor and his work exudes playfulness and positivity, even when questioning cultural norms.