“Life Is Beautiful: Icons” NY Solo Exhibit

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In 2010, Mr Brainwash invaded the Meatpacking District with “Life is Beautiful: Icons”, his first New York solo show.

This show was bigger than ever, covering a 15,000 square foot, multi-story warehouse.

The downstairs displayed Mr Brainwash’s evocative portraits of music legends, constructed from bits of broken records. The exhibit also featured a 10-foot tall boom box and a life-size NYC taxicab in Matchbox toy car packaging. Icons was so popular that it was extended for three months, reopened as “Life is Beautiful: Icons Remixed”, with new installations, and extended for an additional three months.

Mr Brainwash had now shown both coasts the force of his solo exhibitions. Prestigious auction houses and collectors, including Christie’s and Phillips de Pury, took notice by offering his work in high-profile auctions.

The art show space was also used to host an exclusive party during New York Fashion Week for Gwen Stefani’s fashion line, L.A.M.B.

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“Life Is Beautiful” First Ever Solo Exhibition

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The former CBS Columbia Square studios in Hollywood opened its doors for the first time on June 18th, 2008, the doors having been closed since 2007. Promising a show like no one has ever seen, Mr Brainwash appropriately chose the city’s first film studio (then called Nestor Film Company) as the location for his debut into the art world.

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Mr Brainwash transformed this once-pristine news and radio network to a gallery space that held a variety of mediums, from sculptures to installations, paintings and prints, all in his grandiose style.

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Though he fell off a ladder while preparing for “Life is Beautiful,” a broken leg wasn’t enough to stop Mr Brainwash from the biggest art opening in Los Angeles.

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Crowds were lined up for hours and around the block, with eager art-seekers even rushing through the gates past security in order to take a peek at MBW’s work.

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