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“Life Is Beautiful: Icons” NY Solo Exhibit

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“Life Is Beautiful: Icons” NY Solo Exhibit

February 14, 2010

In 2010, Mr Brainwash invaded the Meatpacking District with “Life is Beautiful: Icons”, his first New York solo show.

This show was bigger than ever, covering a 15,000 square foot, multi-story warehouse.

The downstairs displayed Mr Brainwash’s evocative portraits of music legends, constructed from bits of broken records. The exhibit also featured a 10-foot tall boom box and a life-size NYC taxicab in Matchbox toy car packaging. Icons was so popular that it was extended for three months, reopened as “Life is Beautiful: Icons Remixed”, with new installations, and extended for an additional three months.

Mr Brainwash had now shown both coasts the force of his solo exhibitions. Prestigious auction houses and collectors, including Christie’s and Phillips de Pury, took notice by offering his work in high-profile auctions.

The art show space was also used to host an exclusive party during New York Fashion Week for Gwen Stefani’s fashion line, L.A.M.B.

Exit Through The Gift Shop, Sundance Film Festival

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Exit Through The Gift Shop, Sundance Film Festival

January, 24 2010

Exit Through The Gift Shop was released during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Attendees were curious to see what Banksy had in store, as the film presented by his camp could not be found in the festival’s programming.

The only clues to Banksy’s participation in the film festival were the stencils that popped up on some of the buildings around the city.

In true Banksy fashion the affair was wrapped up in mystery, as the documentary directed by the Scarlet Pimpernel of street art, using film footage Mr. Brainwash had accumulated in the ten years he followed a number of street artists with his camera during it’s rebirth, was unveiled for the first time to the public eye.

The documentary was a huge hit among Sundance attendees, you can read more about the event on The Guardian.

Madonna’s “Celebration” Album Cover

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Madonna’s “Celebration” Album Cover

September 9th, 2009

Madonna, being highly attuned to the growing trends in art and contemporary culture, assigned the task of creating the cover art for her third greatest hits album, “Celebration”, to Mr Brainwash.

As a nod to New York’s graffiti culture, since at a point in time Madonna was an active witness of, because of her relationship with Jean-Michel Basquiat while she was working on her eponymous debut album and origins, the collaborative likeness of Queen Madge were found wheat-pasted on walls of the Meatpacking District in Manhattan.

In addition to the album cover, Mr Brainwash produced works for the cover of the “Celebration” DVD cover for the video collection as well as the jacket for its vinyl release.

The Last Call With Carson Daly

Interview

The Last Call With Carson Daly

April 22, 2009

Carson Daly paid Mr Brainwash a studio visit to conduct a two-part interview about street art, his beginnings and his (almost impossible to access) solo show in Los Angeles. In the interview, Mr Brainwash playfully explained his process and his views on how the streets have been turned into a public art gallery that anyone can enjoy.

Star Trek: The Enterprise Project

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Star Trek: The Enterprise Project

April 15, 2009

Various graffiti, FX and pop artists from all over the world were invited to design their own interpretations of the USS Enterprise ship from Star Trek. The 34″ replicas were base on the actual 3D models that were used for the film, directed by JJ Abrams.

Mr Brainwash’s version of the USS Enterprise was that of a UPS delivery spacecraft and it was on view at the Arclight Cinemas in Sherman Oaks, California.

Obama Superman

Mr Brainwash took to the streets of Art Basel: Miami Beach and graced the Scope Pavilion with his rendition of newly-elected President Barack Obama, commemorating the historic event as this country seated its first African-American chief of state!

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