Friday, December 23, 2016

Pete Wentz's D.I.Y.-inspired art collection

Show Us Your Walls
By Michael Walker
Pete Wentz of the band Fall Out Boy with a painting of SpongeBob by KAWS, left, and a work by the Chicago graffiti artist POSE, painted with cel-animation ink. Credit Monica Almeida/The New York Times
CALIFORNIA---Pete Wentz, the bassist for Fall Out Boy and an avid collector of contemporary art, adorns the walls of his Spanish-style home here with works that betray his roots as a graffiti-obsessed punk aspirant growing up in suburban Chicago. During my recent visit there, Mr. Wentz gamely played docent: the former street artist Shepard Fairey’s portrait of his wife (“right before the Obama poster”); a watercolor by JosĂ© Parlá, another former graffiti star and painter of the One World Trade Center mural; a moody canvas by the pop provocateur Yayoi Kusama; and refrigerator-size paintings by the artist and entrepreneur KAWS (Brian Donnelly) that subvert SpongeBob and the Smurfs. [link]