Sylvester Stallone’s Nude Artwork
There’s many a celebrity that will turn up to the opening of an envelope. But Rocky and Rambo star Sylvester Stallone had a very good reason for his random appearance at the Art Basel Miami Beach fair.
It was the actor’s first gallery show, and it was his colourful expressionistic paintings which were being exhibited.
But judging by the scribbled quality of the work, which includes self portraits and what looks like a line drawing of a nude woman, the 63-year-old may not want to give up his day job just yet.
does it bother me that a celebrity can get into a top gallery during art basel and command insane prices at his first show? yes, yes it does. Leonard Nimoy is a different matter, his photography is beautiful and he has worked long and hard as an artist for years. but these.. well… I like the frame! These pieces are no better or worse than many artists’ – especially at their first shows – but to command $40-50,000 per work for a first time mocks artists who have been slaving away their whole lives with art as their only goal. Many artists, many brilliant and talented artists, will never see amounts like this on a yearly basis- let alone per work. It seems to me that shows like this occur and people buy the works purely based on the name involved. I think that’s a pity. If Stallone gains release and satisfaction from his work then that is wonderful, I see a lot of energy and emotion in the pieces. but I wonder if the exhibition itself is more of a publicity stunt than anything else.