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A sneak peek of James Franco’s solo exhibition at the Clocktower Gallery in NYC

by Christine on June 23, 2010 · 83 comments

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Tonight, James Franco’s first solo art show opens at the Clocktower Gallery in New York City. In a recent review of the show, the Wall Street Journal called it a “sort of creative schizophrenia” and now that we’ve had a sneak peek we can understand why.

One of our readers, Denise, stopped by the gallery this afternoon and caught a preview of the show which includes a video of Franco wearing a prosthetic penis on his nose and another display with said prosthetic under glass.

Check out photos of Jame’s show after the jump!

The exhibit, entitled “The Dangerous Book Four Boys” incorporates sculpture, photography, drawing, film and video all of which centers on ideas of boyhood and the sexual awakening of the early teenage years.

The Clocktower Gallery, a nonprofit exhibition space, is located at 108 Leonard Street in Tribeca and is open daily from noon to 5 pm.

Check out photos of Jame’s work below and let us know what you think!

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Denise sent us two more photos from the exhibit, here’s how she describes them:

It’s a short film (Star Trek Kirk/Spock gay hook up) and super low-budget. I’ve attached 2 stills from it. Kirk is the white mannequin (voiced by James Franco) and Spock is the black mannequin. From what I saw, it’s the two of them talking about how Spock’s sex organs are his fingers and then they hook up. After that, the ship gets shot at by men in monkey masks and suits.

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[Thanks Denise!]

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CARMELO GIARGIARI January 26, 2011 at 5:41 pm



Stephen March 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

Who knows what to think of James Franco’s art….sersiously! That is, the fine art of painting, drawing, scultpture and photography. Art that is intersting makes one wander and at its best (commonly known as ‘Great Art’) places one in awe, of the human condition. I can’t say that Mr. Francos does either. He should probably go back to school and develop his thoughts. Now that is not to say that he dosn’t have talent. Undoubtedly, he has talent as anyone who can arrieve to the level of success that he is currently enjoying is due to some level of talent…certainly as an actor, and he was really good in ‘127 hours’. But the images above, and Larry Gagosians interest??? all very questionable…in terms of art that is.


chris March 4, 2011 at 8:36 am

It’s craptacular! Derivative, self-indulgent, and without any sense of craft. He’s clearly a dabbler, without any intellectual force behind his offerings. Maybe spreading oneself so thinly doesn’t always result in the best work.


J C August 15, 2011 at 6:31 pm

Art should have no boundaries. It’s an expression of one’s own interpretation of the world around us.


Monica August 30, 2011 at 7:26 am

Here is a great article of when J. Franco showed this exhibition in Berlin at Peres Projects: http://www.berlinartlink.com/2011/02/18/why-james-franco-is-a-feminist/


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