Despite all the scepticism about aging bad-girl Courtney Love’s talent, I do think she should continue to express herself through watercolour, pencils and pastels, rather than by throwing bottles of whisky on people’s head. Until June 15, Courtney Love’s And She’s Not Even Pretty art show is on view at Fred Torres Collaborations in New York. The exibition features 50 autobiographical works, mixing watercolour, pencils, pastels, blood, and make-up. And, yes, the works are interesting indeed, hanging between children’s artsy, Yoshitaka Amano’s manga masterpieces, and 1940s fashion sketches.
I was obsessed with Kurt Cobain when I was a teenager, and his death was a huge deal for me. My friends and I made a little shrine to him under our school’s flagpole and lowered the flag to half mast, much to the chagrin of the hippie-hating, young Republicans in our class. Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, who we remember in photographs as an infant clutched in the arms of her mother, Courtney Love, has managed to remain relatively out of the public view until this recent shoot she did for French fashion designer Hedi Slimane. The Cobain legend certainly continues to smolder in those eyes, which are very much like her father’s.