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Where was Mr. Brainwash?

Kate Moss at Samuel Owen Gallery
Kate Moss at Samuel Owen Gallery
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Mr. Brainwash at Samuel Owen Gallery

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At The Samuel Owen Gallery, the Greenwich, CT space was packed with collectors, art enthusiasts, gallerists, and pop culture devotees. Mr. Brainwash has a kind of following that is reminiscent of the pop culture iconic artist Andy Warhol. Everyone at the event kicking off the featured run of Mr. Brainwash at Samuel Owen Gallery - that runs through August 17th in Greenwich - was asking just where was Mr. Brainwash last night? When Examiner asked where the pop artist and elusive star of “Exit Through The Gift Shop” was, gallery owner Lee Milazzo added “he (Brainwash) was supposed to be here but he was whisked away” when he arrived in New York from Los Angeles. This sort of added to Mr. Brainwash’s mystique. What visitors could walk away with was a face puppet featuring Mr. Brainwash’s face. All told the gimmick worked.

Mr. Brainwash is the pseudonym of Paris-born, Los Angeles-based filmmaker and street artist Thierry Guetta, according to the Banksy-directed film “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” added www.blog.ctnews.com.

“MBW (as he is known) fuses historic pop imagery with contemporary cultural iconography to create his own “Pop–Graffiti” art. In 2009 he designed the cover art for Madonna’s much publicized greatest hits album “Celebration” and his image of Madonna covered streets all over the world,” added the web site. Examiner notes that Madonna is also the subject of one of several of Mr. Brainwash’s works on paper.

“It seems that one cannot discuss MBW without referencing Banksy, undoubtedly the most important and provocative street artist to emerge on the global stage. Banksy’s true identity is still unknown after 20 years on the graffiti scene, which only adds to the intrigue that surrounds his work,” adds Mr. Brainwash’s biography, on the Samuel Owen Gallery web site http://www.samuelowengallery.com.

“Since the release of “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” there has been much speculation that the film and story of MBW is an invention by Banksy and rumors have circulated that Mr. Brainwash is a front for Banksy — even that he is Banksy!” according to the official biography.

Mr. Milazzo, proprietor of Samuel Owen Gallery named the Greenwich, CT space after his two sons, Samuel and Owen. A collector of Mr. Brainwash’s pop iconic art work, he brought the artist’s work to his gallery for the first time for this gallery showing. Examiner asked Mr. Milazzo about the success of the gallery event. “As expected it was a huge success. We sold a number of pieces but did not publicize the event outside of Greenwich. We feature artists from around the world and expose it to this (Greenwich, CT) clientele.” Heavy-hitting collectors come to the Greenwich, CT gallery located on the highly exclusive Greenwich Avenue. Staten Island art fans the work as expected sold. Einstein, a 64 x 48” mixed media pop culture iconic piece sold and Captain America a 64 x 48” mixed media on canvas sold, to name a few key pieces. For those of you who missed the event you have until August 7th to visit the gallery in Greenwich, CT. While your at it you might want to sample the wheat vegetarian crepes or salad nicoise at Meli-Melo on Greenwich Avenue or do some window shopping in Greenwich’s top boutiques. All told, a great way to spend a weekend summer day!