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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Celebrity Rubbings

I really like artist Scott Covert's choice of medium, and his choice of subjects. He traveled more than 14,000 miles in less than a month to create celebrity headstone rubbings for his new show at the Craig Smith Gallery in Harbert, Michigan.

[M]any of Covert’s most popular paintings mix the names of dead celebrities who had only a tenuous connection in life. The pairings can be funny, poignant or just plain weird.

One of Covert’s personal favorites is a painting that combines the grave rubbings of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and Kennedy family matriarch Rose Kennedy, who share a loose link through Cold War politics. A painting, called “Screaming with Laughter,” mingles names of dead comedians with famous murder victims. Another pairs red-baiting Sen. Joseph McCarthy with the Three Stooges. [Link]

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