At the moment, Crudo’s working on Strap-on Ken, a companion piece to his Strap-on Barbie. Then it’s something with Oprah. In November, from the 9th to the 27th, he’s got a show, “Pop Icons and Other American Dreams,” at the Avalanche Gallery on East 39th Street in New York. The show will feature his other celeb portraits, including Martha Stewart as the Kali Mata, Madonna as McDonna, and Paris and Nicky Hilton in Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, updated as The Birth of Paris.
“I am creating images that transcend time and place, as only fine art can,” he tells the WOW Report. “These are the Mona Lisas and Davids for the new millenium. Long after the celebrities themselves are gone, these ‘Pop Icons’ will serve to keep their personalities alive. And, yes, I may put them in situations that rib a bit, but I after all is said and done, I make them look hot. And I’ve granted them imortality in a way.”
Image: The Birth of Paris: “I’m giving the damn apple to myself!”