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Artist Contemplates Our Obsession With Brands And Movie Stars [Pics]

Artist Contemplates Our Obsession With Brands And Movie Stars [Pics]
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Richard Phillips makes a statement about celebrity and brand worship with his large-scale oil paintings.

Laura Feinstein
  • 14 december 2011

If you’ve been craving a more upscale version of US Weekly or People Magazine but with none of the pesky articles, be sure to check out Richard Phillips‘ new series of oil paintings.  Featuring 10 of the world’s most recognizable faces—including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Dakota Fanning, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Timberlake and Taylor Swift, and set against equally recognizable brand logos for major fashion labels such as Gucci, YSL, Chanel and Givenchy, the pieces are a sly wink at our current obsessions with both name-brand clothes and commodified celebrity culture.

Phillips’s is offering prints of his Most Wanted Series at $5,000 each, as part of a collaboration with Details magazine to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Youth Insights Program, the nationally acclaimed arts education and community outreach program for New York City high school students, as a way to provide opportunities for young, budding artists t0 be able to create work outside of a brand-crazy system.

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