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James Franco

James Franco is a jack of all trades: actor, director, student, and an artist. His first exhibition was at the now-defunct Glu Gallery in Los Angeles in 2006, where he showed several large-scale mixed-media pieces that resembled the work of J.M. Basquiat. In an incredibly meta-moment, Franco appeared on "General Hospital" as an artist named Franco in an episode that was shot at Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Most recently, the actor returned to the museum to headline a show, "Rebel," which closed on Saturday. It featured several drawings and mixed-media pieces taken from his work called "The Dangerous Book Four Boys" (in which he vandalized a book called "The Dangerous Book for Boys"), a giant wooden rocket ship, and large-scale collage paintings. As MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch put it, “It’s one of the most significant things going on right now—not just in art but also in progressive culture—this convergence, the dissolving of boundaries between what is art, what’s music, what is performance ... and it’s also the convergence between a more elevated fine-art culture and popular culture. Franco is one of these people who is leading this convergence.”

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