Most know him for his blockbuster movies, chiseled cheekbones and high-profile connections, but Brad Pitt can now add sculpting to his list of accomplishments after showing his first works of art publicly at a seaside museum. of a lake in Finland.
The A-list Hollywood star unveiled the sculptures – what he called a “radical self-inventory” – at the Sara Hildén Art Museum in Tampere, a move that came as a surprise. This is the first time that the “largely self-taught” artist has presented his sculptures to the public, specifies the gallery.
Pitt, 58, unveiled the sculptures himself on Saturday as part of a larger exhibition by British artist Thomas Houseago, alongside a series of ceramics by Australian musician Nick Cave. “For Nick and me, it’s a new world and our first entrance. It feels good,” the actor told Finnish TV channel Yle during the opening ceremony.
Among the nine works by Pitt on display is Aiming At You I Saw Me But It Was Too Late This Time, a cast plaster panel ‘depicting a shootout’ between eight figures including hands, feet and faces attempting to break through the structure at various locations. angles. There is also a series of house-shaped silicone sculptures that were shot with a different caliber of ammunition, as well as the actor’s first sculpture, House A Go Go, a miniature house made of tree bark and held together with tape.
“For me, it’s a question of self-reflection. It’s about where did I go wrong in my relationships, where did I misstep, where am I complicit,” Pitt said during the opener. “For me, it was born out of owning what I call a radical inventory of myself, getting really brutally honest with myself and considering those I may have hurt, the times I come to deceive me.”
The actor reportedly started dabbling in pottery after his divorce from Angelina Jolie, spending up to 15 hours a day at Houseago’s Los Angeles studio in 2017. Reports say he invited Leonardo DiCaprio into his studio while filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to “bond over their shared love of pottery”.
Pitt also told GQ in August that he sees his pursuit of ceramics not as art, but as a “solo sport, very quiet and very tactile.” But his participation in the Finnish exhibition had not been announced before.
“In that sense, it’s exciting and wonderful,” said chief curator Sarianne Soikkonen. She added that Houseago’s decision to include her friends in her exhibit was shaped by the pandemic and events in Houseago’s personal life.
Pitt isn’t the first actor to turn to art. From Pierce Brosnan to Sylvester Stallone and Jim Carrey, the rich and famous have often sought new creative outlets to supplement their daily work. Last summer, Johnny Depp earned more than $3.6 million within hours after releasing 780 prints through Castle Fine Art gallery in London, which sold out almost immediately, according to the gallery.
Regardless of trends, Guardian critic Jonathan Jones said Pitt is proving to be an “extremely impressive artist” who has avoided the embarrassment of celebrity art “to reveal what, by any measure, are mighty and worthwhile works”.
The show also features Cave’s first exhibition of ceramics. The musician, who studied painting at Melbourne’s Caulfield Institute of Technology before branching out into music, has created 17 hand-painted ceramic figurines representing “the life of the devil in 17 stations”, a nod to his interest in Victorian Staffordshire Flatback figurines, of which he is a collector.
Pitt and Cave created their works in dialogue with Houseago, who has been practicing for almost three decades. For his first exhibition in the Nordic countries, the artist presents a number of paintings – although he is better known as a sculptor – by his great Visions series inspired in part by Edvard Munch.
Speaking about his decision to host a collaborative show between himself, Cave and Pitt, Houseago said in a statement, “I’m not an I. I’m a US!”