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Oil on canvas painting of a living room with an iridescent soap bubble floating by Ariana Papademetropoulos

Ariana Papademetropoulos

Curse of the Boys with Butterfly Tattoos, 2020

Oil on canvas

84 x 108 1/2 inches (213.4 x 275.6 cm)

© Ariana Papademetropoulos; Photo by Flying Studio; Courtesy the artist and Vito Schnabel Gallery

Ariana Papademetropolous wears red lips with dark hair and a delicate white vintage dress against her porcelain colored skin. The artist has taken a seat on the velvet cushions in the living room of her dollhouse in northeast Los Angeles. Iridescent soap bubbles adorn the wallpaper. On the coffee table, a huge shell with a wooden snail as a base. Vito Schnabel, son of the painter Julian Schnabel and the gallerist of the artist, sent a bombastic flower bouquet from New York. It’s a stage ready set up that makes Papademetropolous seem like the leading protagonist in her own movie.