Actor Adrien Brody to Debut His ‘Recreational’ Paintings During Art Basel Miami Beach

Another celebrity artist looks to take Miami, this time with a political message.

Adrien Brody.
Adrien Brody.

Move over, Miley Cyrus: the unexpected celebrity art star of Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015 is shaping up to be Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody.

Brody will debut a series of pop art paintings titled “Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, and Handguns” at Lulu Laboratorium during the annual art fair. The pop-up show, which opens December 2, is being organized by Spanish-American artist Domingo Zapata.

Domingo Zapata.<br /> Photo: courtesy Lulu Laboratorium.

Domingo Zapata.
Photo: courtesy Lulu Laboratorium.

According to Page Six, Brody has been painting “recreationally” for quite some time, and his work offers “a look at how violence is as commonplace as fast food in our culture.” A swanky late-night opening reception will mark the occasion, just one of the many, many parties that fairgoers can look forward to on the busy Art Basel in Miami Beach social calendar.

Brody, who is also an art collector, is just the latest celebrity to turn to art-making, following in the footsteps of everyone from Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (a secret photographer) to former president George W. Bush, who stunned the world with his strangely compelling paintings cribbed from Google image searches.

Adrien Brody, Lara Lieto, Keith Rubenstein at Lucien Smith's “Macabre Suite” party in the South Bronx. Photo: BFA.

Adrien Brody, Lara Lieto, Keith Rubenstein at Lucien Smith’s “Macabre Suite” party in the South Bronx.
Photo: BFA.

Though The Pianist star’s proclivity for collecting art is relatively under the radar compared to fellow celebrities such as Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Oprah Winfrey, Brody has been known to drop a pretty penny on artwork. In 2013, TMZ reported that Brody spent $20,000 at Hollywood’s Lab Art gallery on five pieces by street artist Alex Monopoly.

Brody has also been spotted at Art Basel in Miami Beach and other art events before. In 2011, the Hollywood Reporter snapped a shot of the actor at a Miami party for Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes. Just this weekend, Brody attended Lucien Smith‘s controversial art installation/Halloween party in the South Bronx, hosted by art dealer Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn of Salon 94.

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