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James Franco Unveils Lipstick Tribute to Brad Renfro: VIDEO

Last month I mentioned that James Franco was part of an installation at the Venice Biennale, a tribute to James Dean in which Franco's entry was an homage to actor Brad Renfro (who died at 25 of a heroin overdose), in which Franco carved Renfro's name into his arm with a switchblade and documented it in photography and film.

Renfro_francoA limited-edition extension of that project is Franco's submission to 'The Thing', a subscription-based art quarterly with contributions from known artists and public figures. The Thing publishes 500-1,000 copies of each product and sends them to subscribers. 

Franco described his entry to the Bay Citizen:

“It represents what it’s like to be a performer,” said Franco, pointing to the objects that would be bundled into the issue — a lipstick-covered mirror and a photo of a switchblade carving the word “Brad,” as in the actor Brad Renfro, into Franco’s right arm. “You go into something with such high hopes, things happen, you get so terribly disappointed.”

More photos at the Bay Citizen...

A video of Franco working at The Thing office, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I just like JF. Perhaps because he dares to be himself and doesn't care what the media and other people say about his projects. Keep going, J.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Jun 7, 2011 12:14:37 PM

  2. When all is said and done, I agree with Matt26.

    Posted by: VinciSmetana | Jun 7, 2011 1:02:49 PM

  3. I just don't get it.....

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 7, 2011 1:52:15 PM

  4. Why are the good-looking ones always bat-sh1t crazy??? :-\

    Posted by: Justin | Jun 7, 2011 4:02:10 PM

  5. Considering the quality of his last movie "Your Highness" the lovely Mr Franco should spend more time finding better scripts.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 7, 2011 5:50:06 PM

  6. I don't understand Franco, but I like what he does.

    Posted by: Randy | Jun 8, 2011 2:59:13 AM

  7. He's one of the few that should be able to get away with doing a few crap films so that he can do all of his other stuff. The entertainment world is a little better with JF in it.

    Posted by: menyc | Jun 8, 2011 11:20:08 AM

  8. I respect James Franco as an actor & an artist... And I loved Brad Renfro (have you seen 'Bully'????)... But I don't quite grasp how this fits in to an exhibit about James Dean? It seems like he's trying too hard to be mysterious and deep. Mental masturbation.

    Posted by: Mle | Jun 13, 2011 1:00:57 AM

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