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Genesis-Themed Lindsay Lohan Art Sells for $100,000

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After innumerable Marilyn Monroe lookalike photo-shoots, Lindsay Lohan is channeling the first fallen woman. (That’s right: Eve.) The star has lent her overexposed body and face to “Eat Me,” a gridded foursome of Polaroid photographs by Neo-expressionist painter and collage artist Domingo Zapata. Zapata (who, according to his website, co-wrote the lyrics to the Macarena song) shot the photos of Lohan in his studio at the Chateau Marmont. In each frame, Lohan appears in something tight and looks as disengaged and vacant as an American Apparel model.

This isn’t the first time the “I Know Who Killed Me” star has moonlighted as an artist’s muse. In March 2010, notorious modelizer and frequent collaborator Terry Richardson photographed Lohan dressed up as slutty Jesus for the French glossy Purple. Following controversies surrounding assorted legal infractions and alleged drug abuse, she appeared in Richard Philips’s non-narrative short film for Gagosian Gallery, waving the white bikini flag of good behavior. Later, like countless starlets teetering on the abyss of irrelevance, she posed covered in blood and holding a gun in Tyler Shields’s sexploitation photographs.

In an ode to/imitation of Basquiat, Zapata has embellished his Lohan composition with multicolored crowns, scribbles and handwriting. The disjoined text, spread out across the four photographs, reads: “An Apple . . . that I like . . . with a bite out of it. Adam and Eve changed mankind forever . . . started SIN . . . it was a plain simple apple hanging from a tree. Then the world changed for all of us.” According to the New York Post, this exegetical work of art has been sold through the second-market dealer, Hus Gallery, “to a prominent British collector.” Who could it be? Self-diagonsised “artoholic” Charles Saatchi? Self-made Manchester billionaire Frank Cohen? Recovering boy wizard and burgeoning art patron Daniel Radcliffe? The answer is blowing in the wind.

— Chloe Wyma

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