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At the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, Finland, Brad Pitt is exhibiting his first works of sculpture. In the “We” show, which is on display until January 15, 2023, the A-List actor’s works are displayed alongside those by Thomas Houseago and musician Nick Cave.
Pitt’s nine pieces on display include “House A Go Go,” his debut sculpture from 2017, an 18-inch miniature house made of tree bark that is shod with bullets, as well as a house-shaped structure constructed of clear silicon and tape-hauled with bullets.
The two largest pieces are the plaster wall-hanging sculpture “Aiming At You I Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time” from 2020, which depicts a gunfight between eight figures, and a coffin-sized bronze box with hands, feet, and faces trying to break through the structure at various angles.
Following his contentious 2017 divorce from actress Angelina Jolie, the “Bullet Train” actor reportedly started creating ceramic artwork.
Brad Pitt producer and performer from the United States, numerous awards have been given to him, including an Academy Award, a British Academy Film Award, two Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a Primetime Emmy Award. The Departed (2006), 12 Years a Slave (2013), and Moonlight (2016), all of which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, were all produced by Pitt’s co-founding production company, Plan B Entertainment, which was established in 2001.
Pitt has been referred to as a sex icon, including Empire, which listed him among the 25 sexiest actors in cinematic history in 1995. He was crowned the sexiest man alive in the same year and repeated as the title’s winner in 2000. Pitt was included as number 20 (in 2006), number 5 (in 2007), and number 10 (in 2008) on Forbes’ annual Celebrity 100 list of the 100 most influential celebrities.
He was included in the 2007 edition of the Time 100 list, which Time magazine compiles every year as a ranking of the top 100 figures in the world. Pitt received praise from the magazine for using “his star power to encourage people to look [to where] cameras don’t usually catch.” He was once more listed in 2009’s “Builders and Titans” list of the Time 100.
Like Brad Pitt, Nick Cave ventures into the art world
In the meantime, the Australian singer-songwriter Nick Cave (not to be confused with the American visual and performance artist of the same name) is also making his debut in the arts: he exhibits “glazed ceramic figurines depicting the life of Satan in 17 stations, from innocence through experience into a confrontation of our mortality,” according to a press release.
Cave’s first significant visual body of work is titled “The Devil: A Life.” It consists of 17 distinct items, each of which was hand-made, painted, and glazed by Cave in England between 2020 and 2022 and stands between 6 and 19.5 inches tall. The Victorian Staffordshire Flatback figurines, of which the artist is a collector, are a theme in this series of aesthetics.
These pieces were developed in collaboration between the two young sculptors and Houseago, who has a great deal more expertise. The British artist has nearly three decades of experience, and in 2010, he displayed his work at the Whitney Biennial.
Houseago, who is best known for his sculptures, exhibits several paintings in Tampere. Paintings are a medium he has only recently started playing with. The pieces are a part of his outdoor, large-scale “Visions” series, which draws inspiration from European symbolists like Edvard Munch of Norway. He also displays fresh plaster and redwood sculptures that he created in reaction to pieces held by the Sara Hildén Foundation, like Alberto Giacometti’s “Woman on a Chariot” from 1943 to 1962.
In the press release, Houseago discussed his choice to produce a show with Pitt, Cave, and himself “I’m not an “I.” I’m a WE!”