Okay, we're coming clean: We read Us Weekly. While we're not proud of our dirty little secret, celebrity intrigue and paparazzi photos are our preferred way of passing a flight. But there's a marked difference between looking at stars in glossy form and staring at them immortalized in six-feet-high canvases, the latter of which is exactly what NYC artist Richard Phillips is trying to bring into our homes. In the new exhibit, "Most Wanted," now on at London's White Cube Hoxton Square gallery, the painter (you might recognize his work from Gossip Girl) selected 10 of the world's most recognizable celebrities to create "distilled portraits of young, powerful stars," caught against the back drop of luxury branded "step and repeats," where notables pose against logo-ed out backgrounds. With shades of Andy Warhol—the multi-color halos reference Richard Bernstein's illustrations from Interview—the works aim to explore our fascination with fame, and the power celebrities have to sell products. Apparently stars are actually not just like us.
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