I exhibited some of my favourite news and entertainment pictures at the Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery
The Exhibitors were myself, Kofi Allen, Alan Chapman, Paul Karslake, Marty Thornton and VITALIV at the InfamE show – Contemporary Celebrity Art show. InfamE explored the virtuous circle that exists between celebrities, celebrity photographers and artists, the media and the insatiable appetite of the audience for celebrity news, gossip and pictures. “There is an alliance between the photographers, the celebrities, the publishers and the readers of the magazines and the viewers of the programmes on television – you can’t separate any one of those pieces of the alliance.” Peter Howe the author of Paparazzi and a former editor of Life Magazine. On the surface at least, it works for everyone.
As Oscar Wilde famously said, “the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about”.
Probably the most celebrated adapter of the expression was another great wit from the Dublin literary scene, the Irish “drinker with a writing problem”, Brendan Behan. Behan’s infamously lively lifestyle meant that for him, more than others, there was truth in his opinion that: “There’s no such thing as bad publicity except your own obituary”, something that might be particularly relevant to some of the subjects in the exhibition.
InfamE features photographs, paintings, drawings, videos and digital representations of musicians, actors, sports stars, models and public figures.