Monday, May 23, 2005

Creepy Celebrity Art Goes On Display In New York

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A New York museum is getting starry-eyed with a number of paintings created by Hollywood stars.

An exhibit called Star Art will go on display this Saturday (May 28) at the Chelsea Art Museum, with several twisted pieces.

One piece painted by comedian Jonathan Winters depicts someone committing suicide at the bottom of a Los Angeles swimming pool, while a painting by Victoria Gotti depicts Rosie O’Donnell surrounded by naked lesbians.

There’s even a work by convicted euthanasia supporter Dr. Jack Kevorkian, which marks the first time one of his pieces has been displayed in a museum. The work is called “Descent into Hell” and shows a screaming man falling into Hell with his hands clawing at the side of a cliff while hungry ghouls await him below.

Not all the art is shocking: the late Buddy Ebsen’s self-portrait has him dressed as Beverly Hillbillies’ Jed Clampett and surrounded by rabbits and beavers.

Despite the unique subject matters, museum curator Nina Colosi describes the works as “very vulnerable.” She says, “You find yourself trying to read into them...something about their personal lives.”

The exhibit runs until June 14.

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