Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine has a show at the Gagosian Gallery

Yet another celebrity is unleashing their inner artist

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  • Photograph: Robert McKeever; © Harmony Korine; courtesy Gagosian Gallery

    Starburst, 2013

  • Photograph: Robert McKeever; © Harmony Korine; courtesy Gagosian Gallery

    Gatekeepers, 2013

  • Photograph: Robert McKeever; © Harmony Korine; courtesy Gagosian Gallery

    Blue Checker, 2014

Photograph: Robert McKeever; © Harmony Korine; courtesy Gagosian Gallery

Starburst, 2013

Move over, James Franco! Another edgy Hollywood name is muscling into the art world. On May 12, Gagosian Gallery is opening "Shooters," a show of paintings and photos by Harmony Korine—director and/or writer of Kids, Gummo and Spring Breakers (speaking of Franco). The venue is the gallery's "grunge" location on Park Avenue at 75th Street, an old storefront that's been pretty much left as is during its transformation into a high-end gallery. But the ambience (tin ceilings, fluorescent lighting) is certainly keeping with Korine's artworks, which have an off-handed, thrown-together look. There are abstractions—a starburst, a blue checkerboard—created with squeegees, masking tape and leftover house paint, and weird semi-figurative canvases. There's also a series of photos of young folks in an alleyway, made up to look old. Sounds like outtakes from Trash Humpers? It's all part of a trend that's included Franco but also stuff like Jay Z's afternoon of performance-art star-fucking last year at Pace Gallery. But, to paraphrase an old saying about making modern art, if an eight-year-old can do it, why shouldn't a celebrity?


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