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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Star Struck

By Sara Costello...

In Marco Perego's sculpture “The Only Good Rock Star Is a Dead Rock Star,” William Burroughs has shot Amy Winehouse in the head. He sits blank-faced with a rifle in his lap while Winehouse lies dead against a wall, a Minnie Mouse mask nearby. The work is part of the show “The Truth Is All of These Things. The Truth Is None of These Things. The Truth Is Some of These Things,” on view at Half Gallery, curated by tar magazine's Evanly Schindler. There is also a forthcoming book with an introduction by Carine Roitfeld.

Winehouse, of course, is a stand-in for Joan Vollmer, the wife Burroughs shot in the head during a game of William Tell in 1951. In an essay, art dealer John McWhinnie draws parallels between the two women, saying, “Both did stints in rehab, both were married to notorious drug addicts, both were artistically and intelligently gifted and operating in a man's world.” He goes on to say, ”Winehouse is on the verge of being rubbed out.”

For the Italian-born artist, it's more philosophical. “The French writer Arnaud says that the stars die for our sins. I see my William Burroughs/Amy Winehouse piece as an extension of that sentiment." For the record, Winehouse has just two years before she turns 27, when so many before her (Joplin, Morrison, Cobain and Hendrix, to name a few) chose to perpetuate their myths after death.

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