James Franco, ‘Magic Mountain’, 2012, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $15,000

James Franco is a man of disparate creative interests. His Polaroid print compilation Magic Mountain suggests a catalogue of emotions—some overt, others implied by the image of an amusement park roller-coaster.

About James Franco

Best known as an actor on film and on stage, as well as a writer, director, and producer, James Franco has established a career as a multimedia visual artist whose oeuvre includes photography, video, paintings, and drawings. His work has often involved provocative reinterpretations of “texts” taken from art and cinema—such as his 2013 multimedia installation “Psycho Nacirema,” which recontextualizes scenes from Alfred Hitchock’s 1960 thriller Psycho, and “New Film Stills” (2014), an homage to Cindy Sherman’s seminal “Untitled Film Stills” photographic series.

American, b. 1978, Palo Alto, California

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