Los Angeles Times, 05. July 2002

Gina Piccalo and Louise Roug

Artist Gottfried Helnwein opens a show of his paintings at his downtown studio in front of a star-studded crowd, including musician Marilyn Manson.

When Austrian artist Gottfried Helnwein opened a show of his paintings recently, celebrities crowded his downtown studio.
Leonardo DiCaprio rubbed Elbows with Marilyn Manson. Beck chatted with Kevin Smith. Mena Suvari stopped for a photo op, and Sean Penn lent his cool.

For a recent transplant, Helnwein attracted much Hollywood.

For Helnwein, the mix of music, Hollywood and artists had served another purpose - generating more work.
He and Manson had agreed to do a project together, and Smith had commissioned him to do a large scale painting of his daughter. Helnwein couldn't wait to meet Dennis Hopper.

He was following in the (big) footsteps of another Austrian. As it had for Arnold, L.A. lay glittering in front of Helnwein. He was glad he had come West.

"New York is dead," he said.


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