Haute Art Basel Event: Haute Living Gets “Brainwashed”

Yesterday evening, Haute Living hosted an private event at the one and only Mr. Brainwash exhibit “Under Construction” at the interesting art gallery space at 2000 Collins Avenue in South Beach.

Don’t be fooled–from the outside, the building seems like it is an abandoned warehouse that really is under construction. Caution tape and roadwork signs pierce the sides of the building. Even to enter the exhibit, you must duck your head to avoid the oversized piece of yellow caution tape blocking the entrance.

Upon walking in, the smell of wet paint is apparent, though if you are bold enough to touch what looks like wet paint spilling out over the empty paint buckets that are scattered throughout the gallery, you will come to realize they are, in fact, dry.

Mr. Brainwash is the Andy Warhol of the 21st century. Instead of famed portraits of the Marilyn Monroe colored in Warhol’s iconic shades of bright red, yellow, and blue, Mr. Brainwash depicts model Kate Moss in a similar manner – featuring repeating photographs of her with different interjected color variations. He has similar throughout the exhibit using images of John F. Kennedy, Mohammed Ali, and Mickey Mouse. Other familiar images are featured throughout the exhibit, each distorted or reinterpreted in Mr. Brainwash’s signature style. These iconic images include Charlie Chaplin, the American flag, the famous painting “American Gothic,” Superman, President Obama, and Homer Simpson.

According to a security guard, there is “no restroom” in this exhibit. However, if you get desperate, you can always head to the second floor balcony, where paint-splattered toilets (yes, real toilets…though they are not meant to be used) are lined up on display.

Missed last night’s event?  “Under Construction” will be open to the public through the end of December.

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