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Daniel Edwards (born 1965, La Porte, Indiana) is an American sculptor whose pieces address celebrity and popular culture in ways that have often stirred controversy. The release of the pieces is generally accompanied by press releases.
His works include a sculpture of the disembodied head of Ted Williams, a life-sized statue of Britney Spears giving birth while nude on her hands and knees on a bearskin rug, a bust of Senator Hillary Clinton, and a 25 foot bust of Fidel Castro.
Edwards titled the piece "Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston," explaining that it symbolized Spears' decision to put childbirth ahead of her career.Britney Spears actually had a caesarean section.
In an Associated Press interview, Edwards asserted that he incorporates celebrity stories because:
"You’re bombarded with these stories. And there’s a thread that winds back to the art. That’s not a bad thing. People are interested in sex, and it works for art as well."
Edwards conceded, however, that he "wouldn't march with either pro-life or pro-choice advocates".
A number of the images shown in the media are casts of the sculpture rather than the original. Casts can be distinguished by the joins around the forearms and shins and by their paler color.
The life-size bust of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is titled "Presidential Bust of Hillary Rodham Clinton". The sculpture depicts her wearing a low-cut floral dress.
On 28 August 2006, Edwards unveiled a sculpture titled "Suri's bronzed baby poop", purported to be the actual first bowel movement of the baby of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. The sculpture was to be auctioned on eBay, and Edwards was commissioned to produce a limited-edition plaster replica. Sources disagreed on whether the bronze sculpture actually contained Suri's excrement: some reported that it did, while others reported the story as being a hoax.
Edwards promoted his sculpture "Fidel Castro's Deathbed Portrait" by sending a press release announcing its unveiling in Central Park in New York City, although he did not apply for the proper permits.
Paris Hilton Autopsy
This life-size sculpture of Paris Hilton depicts the heiress dead and naked with her legs spread. She is wearing a tiara and clutching a mobile phone. Her pet Chihuahua, Tinkerbell, also wearing a tiara, is featured resting its front paws on her breast. The sculpture is aimed at stopping young women from drinking and driving, a crime of which Hilton had previously been found guilty and subsequently sentenced to jail after breaking probation. The sculpture also has an open abdominal cavity with removable life-size organs and twin fetuses, which visitors to the exhibition may hold if they wear special gloves.
The publicity around this work even attempted to incorporate a Web 2.0-style participatory element, with a contest for viewers to submit their own essays about drunk driving.
The artwork was unveiled on 11 May 2007 at Capla Kesting Fine Art in New York.
Dead Prince Harry
A sculpture of Prince Harry depicting him dead, in military uniform, his head resting upon a Bible with a locket of his mother's clasped in his hands and with a vulture standing by his feet. Edwards suggests that the sculpture shows how Prince Harry "must have died the day they told him he couldn't serve" (in Iraq).
Edwards created a half-scale model depicting Oprah's Sarcophagus at Gardenfresh Gallery in Chicago at In April 2008. The golden bronze casket lid bears an unclothed full-figure rendering of the media mogul with vertical stripes. Along side it is the artist's Oprah Burial Mask.
Edwards sculpted figures of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy for the Landmark for Peace Memorial in Indianapolis.
In 1997, Edwards spent 30 hours with former Alabama governor George C. Wallace preparing to create a wax bust of Wallace.
In 2009, Edwards released "String Of Babies" depicting Nadya Suleman (Octomom) as an octopus embracing the world's only surviving set of octuplets.
In 2009, Edwards brought in Cory Allen, a publicist who also works with tabloid artist XVALA and artist Marilyn Artus.
On August 9, 2009, Edwards unveiled his latest piece, a nude statue of Angelina Jolie breastfeeding twins, one African and one not. It will be displayed at Mainsite Contemporary Art gallery in Norman, Oklahoma, then put on display in London.
In 2010, Edwards released the book "Blues Heads: Portraits of American Roots Music", ISBN 1452891982, through New York publishing house, AppleParrot. The book is based on Edwards’s collection of Blues Heads he sculpted, face-to-face with famous blues musicians over a ten-year excursion around the country, visiting festivals, nightclubs and even at times, in their own homes. The book features musicians such as: Chuck Berry, Bobby Blue Bland, James Brown, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Hubert Sumlin and Ike Turner.
In 2006, feature filmmaker A.D. Calvo produced a series of short documentaries on Edwards and his work. His compilation was entitled La Danse Macabre: Portrait of a Serial Sculptor.
Vacant Era Films and Festival City Films is currently in production with the Daniel Edwards and XVALA documentary titled Domestic Bliss: The Daniel Edwards/XVALA Project and set for release fall 2009. Filmmaker Dave Smith will capture the lives’ of both artists and their latest collaboration, The Brangelina, to be unveiled in New York City, Los Angeles, London and Oklahoma City. Directed by Dave Smith and produced by Cory Allen.
Kelley, Kitty (2010). Oprah: A Biography. Crown. doi:April 1, 2010. ISBN 073937785X.
Jobson, Robert (2008). Harry's War: The True Story of the Soldier Prince. John Blake Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781844546725.
Wilks, Timothy (2008). Prince Henry Revived: Image and Exemplarity in Early Modern England. Paul Holberton Publishing. ISBN 9781903470572.
Newkey-Burden, Chas (2007). Paris Hilton: Life on the Edge. Gardners Books. ISBN 9781844544578.
Schechter, Harold (2009). The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780345499646.
Reiter, Mark (2009). The Final Four of Everything. Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group. ISBN 9781439126080.
Warkel, Harriet G. (2003). The Herron Chronicle. Indiana University Press. ISBN 0253342376.
Benjamin, Louis (2009). The Naked and the Lens: A Guide to Nude Photography. Focal Press. ISBN 9780240811598.
Bailey, Sue (2009). Grave Expectations: Planning The End Like There's No Tomorrow. Cider Mill Press Book Publishers, LLC. ISBN 9781604330212.
* 'Brangelina Sculpture To "Inspire" Future Homeowners'(2009-12-07) in PerezHilton.com
1. ^ a b "Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston". CaplaKesting.com. Capla Kesting Fine Art. 2006-03-22. http://www.caplakesting.com/2006_catalog/de/index.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
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