We don't have to harp on how prolific James Franco is when it comes to art and the art world. For someone so invested in acting, directing, writing, and more, he's just as interested and active in art, making art, having a TV show about art, writing books about art, moderating art performances, and much more. Marina Abramovic is even making a film about his life...so you know it's real.
Adding to our running list of his art world activity in 2013 (below), James Franco has an exhibition of paintings, photographs, and video titled "Animals" at Colette in Paris, on view until November 12, 2013. For these pieces, he composed performances with androgynous, painted individuals ("animals") wearing animal-like costumes and Venetian masks who communicate with behavior rather than speech. They were photographed and performed on top of canvases, resulting in "work stacked with multiple layers of information" that fuses these disciplines.
And our list continues...
- NEWEST ADDITION: He has an exhibition titled "Animals" at Colette from October 7 to November 12, 2013
- NEW ADDITION: He will be showing work at Frieze London with Pace Gallery
- NEW ADDITION: He has a new art series on Ovation TV
- He Photoshopped himself into artist Paul McCarthy's Snow White Universe
- He has a doll of himself (for sale in the Disney store) with its own Tumblr and Instagram, inspired by his look in Oz, the Great and Powerful
- He released a book and 30 hours of DVD content titled Moving Pictures / Moving Sculptures with OHWOW Gallery as "a meditation on how James Franco's films relate to other dimensions of his artistic output"
- He's re-creating Hitchcock's Psycho in his "Psycho Nacirema" exhibition at Pace Gallery in London
- He's co-curating "Cinematic Visions: Painting at the Edge of Reality" at Victoria Miro Gallery
- He moderated the Chekov-inspired Bird Shit performance at MoMA PS1
- He acted in artist Paul McCarthy's pornographic "Rebel Dabble Babble" exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Gallery
- The mother of performance art, Marina Abramovic, announced that she's making a movie about his life
- He turned down the opportunity to star in Kanye West's "American Psycho" video (but drew this version ofYeezus for GQ instead)
- He's curating a book of Dennis Hopper photographs to be published by Gagosian Gallery
- We put him and Seth Rogen on the cover of our June/July 2013 Issue, too (just saying)