Friday, May 21, 2004

Rosie is Basquiat?

Roger Friedman is a gossip columnist for I read his column daily, 'cause he often has scoops on all sorts of interesting movie news.

That's not to say I really like Mr. Friedman or his work. While he can get the inside news on the latest casting or production deals, he's also a hack and a sycophant.

For instance: anything to do with Rosie O'Donnell is pure brilliance. When O'Donell's troubled musical, "Taboo," arrived on B'way, Friedman spent days and days lavishing praise on it.

Now he's hyping this: Rosie O'Donnell the artist. She makes collages (Y'know, like every other girl with the slightest artistic inclination who ever went to college) and does some canvas work. Who knows, maybe she's got talent. But look at Friedman flipping his shit:

"Nevertheless, her paintings recall the late Jean-Michel Basquiat's most tortured work in many instances. There is also a little bit of Sam Francis, and some Warhol...
At the Pop Gallery, there is maybe too much on the walls. With better editing, O'Donnell's show might have more impact. There is real talent at work here, especially large oil canvas rendering of her grandmother that is startlingly good. But there are also many different genres all mixed together, which either shows the same kind of genius as say, Prince."

Damn, Rosie must have some skillz...
Either that or she's paying him some nice bank.


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