Fred Torres Gallery, San Francisco
From: 3 May 2012
Until: 15 June 2012
Singer and occasional actress Courtney Love is attempting to add another string to her fraying bow with a gallery show of 45 paintings in San Francisco. The Hole singer and widow of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s exhibits And She’s Not Even Pretty at the Fred Torres Gallery from this Wednesday.
Love, who briefly studied fine art at the San Francisco Art Institute in the 80s, has been coached by Julian Schnabel for the show. Yana Balson, director of the space, told the LA Times the exhibition came about via photographer David LaChapelle, a friend of Torres and Love's.
Love’s artwork predominantly portrays young, blond women in states of emotional despair. One of the more provocative pieces is titled "Keep It Up, Mother ..." and shows a woman crucified with blood running down her body. The piece features some text including the following passage: "How you must have suffered getting accustomed to ME. My savage solitary soul - my NAME that sends them all running ..." The show runs until June 15. See more at the gallery's website.