Kanye West’s Famous’ Wax Bodies Were On Display At Blum & Poe During The Weekend
Too bad my weekend was already very busy with the FYF fest, because there was an interesting thing on display at Blum & Poe, a LA art gallery on La Cienega boulevard. Kanye West opened his first art exhibition ever, as the original waxworks used in his ‘Famous’ video were on display in their large bed for 2 days inside the gallery. You could have a close look of the 12 silicone replica of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Rihanna, Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, George W Bush, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby and Anna Wintour, naked and sharing the same bed, and the gallery’s website, features a few photos. I must admit it, this still looks very bizarre, these silicone bodies look so real that it’s impossible not to have the creeps… they look like people in a drug-induced coma or simply dead after a cult-like collective suicide.
‘The work alone is extraordinary and completely succeeds as a sculpture and multi-media installation,’ said Blum & Poe co-founder Tim Blum. ‘If you didn’t know that this was a work by Kanye West, and instead was the work of a known artist in the art world, the perception of the piece would be completely different – it would be celebrated and universally supported at the highest level.’
What is he talking about? Didn’t we celebrate this thing enough already? It was all over the news, reported by every music blog and TV channel, and I am still writing about it!
I wonder which celebrity was at the opening, Kanye wasn’t there because he was at the VMA’s, so he ‘attended the show’ via Facetime, and he was still raving about it during his VNA speech: ‘It was an expression of our now, our fame right now, us on the inside of the TV. The audacity to put Anna Wintour right next to Donald Trump. I mean, I put Ray J in there, bro. This is fame, bro… We came over in the same boat, now we’re all in the same bed. Maybe different boats.’
They also has added a nice touch, As if Lena Dunham wasn’t horrified enough by the scene, batteries were also included, a set of 9-volt batteries, which made the bodies come alive and do breathing movements.
But as for any piece of art on display, the ‘thing’ is also for sale. According to the New York Times, the gallery is hoping to sell it to for $4 million! Which is fair as ‘it took $500,000 to a million just to make it,’ according to LA artist Aaron Axelrod,….these things come with a hefty price tag! But why a 2-day exhibit? West’s team said that the piece was ‘on its way to its next location.’ And Blum suggested it could be soon in a large museum. ‘I have friends who are directors of museums,’ he said. ‘This is a thing you could see at LACMA, MOCA or the Hammer very easily.’ I am waiting.