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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 10/ 1/2007

Britney: Just a Gum Blonde

By Liz Kelly

A portrait of Spears made of chewed bubble gum titled 'Gum Blonde XLVIII' by artist Jason Kronenwald is shown at left. (Reuters)

We've called Britney Spears many things here in the blog -- "bat guano," "nutty," "loopy"... even "bald" -- but "art world phenom" is an unexpected addition to her unintentional resume. One that adds a certain thoughtful irony to the sideshow of a life that Spears has managed to eke out over the last year or so.

That sideshow (each chapter more gruesome and twisted than the last!) is chronicled in the new gallery show "Just Britney," an understated title that speaks volumes about our obsession with this girlie-woman gone wild. From demure teen mag cover shots to earnest paintings of what Celebritologists term "the bald phase" to a self-portrait of the latest Brit spin-off sensation Chris Crocker, it is all here in Technicolor horribleness.

The show, now viewable at the Hollywood World of Wonder storefront, features 30 works inspired by Spears. While diehard fans might delight in this syrupy rendition of a doe-eyed Spears clutching a (butterfly? flower?), the psychopaths among us would probably be more inclined to fork over the cash for the bloody-mouthed zombie Brit or the possibly NSFW tiki Brit, complete with short shorts and Mouseketeer cap.

A quick scan of Flickr is enough to make your correspondent sorry she wasn't in attendance at the show opening fete, which featured themed drinks ("Cheeto-tini," anyone?), a stylish crowd, the ubiquitous Perez Hilton and everyone's favorite nutty over-confident D-lister, Vincent Gallo.

All of the pieces are available for purchase, reports E!'s Marc Malkin. Sadly, no online shopping option exists.


Creative Captioning Winner: Week of Sept. 23 - 29

This week's winning entry comes to us courtesy of reader lydacole, who keyed in the spot on:

Phil Spector can't believe the "Wall of Crap" defense was so effective.

Click here to see all five winning entries.

By Liz Kelly  | October 1, 2007; 10:42 AM ET
Categories:  Britney Spears, Celebrities  
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This is pretty cool, but what do you do with it once you buy it? Doesn't seem suitable to be hung anywhere besides a gallery.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

...or hung from the underside of a desk.

Posted by: byoolin | October 1, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Halloween is coming up... they would be great for a haunted house!

Posted by: MLF | October 1, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

"Chewed Bubble Gum." If that isn't a metaphor for Britney, I don't know what is.

Posted by: POS | October 1, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

OK -- I am reading this right, yes? "Gum Blonde 48"? That means there's 47 other chewed pieces in this series?

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | October 1, 2007 1:13 PM | Report abuse

That "portrait" of Chris Cocker is just disturbing. He has future stalker written all over his pale bird chested body.

Posted by: Melissa | October 1, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

TMZ is reporting Britney's lost her kids...which, while not surprising, and probably best for the littluns, is still sad.

Posted by: h3 | October 1, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Darn H3, you beat me to it. You know, at least K-fed keeps his underwear on in public, and as far as we know doesn't do drugs in front of the kids, be drunk around them, not strap them into their car seats, etc. At this point, sad as it is, that makes him the more fit parent. Some grandparent needs to step in and sue for custody. But not Brit's mom. Look at how Brit turned out.

Posted by: ep | October 1, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Liz, where are you?! I want the scoop on Brit losing her kids! I need my Celebritologist!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 4:34 PM | Report abuse

here's the court's order

Posted by: JL | October 1, 2007 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Damn refresh, I thought I was first with the scoop on Brit Brit. Oh well, who didn't know this was coming?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh, anon at 4:34, you are so behind.

Posted by: h3 | October 1, 2007 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Perez had it at 3:45.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

congrats to lydacole for that most excellent 'wall of crap defense' caption. as soon as i read it last week i knew it had caption of the week written all over it.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 1, 2007 5:52 PM | Report abuse

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