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Whatever You Think About Mr. Brainwash, He Probably Just Confirmed It

Anyone who saw last year’s riveting Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop (available to watch instantly through Netflix) will want to check out the Huffington Post Arts article on the Mr. Brainwash Art Show 2011, which took place recently in Los Angeles.

The street artist turned gallery cash cow is really one of the most fascinating film characters to come along in the last few years. And he’s (supposedly) a real person. His intrigue is built around the myriad debates that he sparked as people try to define him: He’s a genius, he’s a fraud, he’s completely clueless and staggeringly lucky, he’s the beneficiary of illogical art world trend chasers.

The content of his latest show probably won’t do much to un-blur all the fuzzy characterizations of him. The article explains the odd scene:

Aside from that debacle, Brainwash was still in the process of putting the show together, after it had already opened. As he threw stuffed animals onto a giant Mike Kelley-esque mountain, press were snapping away. It is unusual for an artist to so blatantly flesh out their ideas in front of an audience, unless the performance was the final product.

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Mister Rogers Is Now a Funko Pop! and It’s Such a Good Feeling, a Very Good Feeling
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It’s a beautiful day in this neighborhood for fans of Mister Rogers, as Funko has announced that, just in time for the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the kindest soul to ever grace a television screen will be honored with a series of Funko toys, some of them limited-edition versions.

The news broke at the New York Toy Fair, where the pop culture-loving toy company revealed a new Pop Funko! in Fred Rogers’s likeness—he’ll be holding onto the Neighborhood Trolley—plus a Mister Rogers Pop! keychain and a SuperCute Plush.

In addition to the standard Pop! figurine, there will also be a Funko Shop exclusive version, in which everyone’s favorite neighbor will be wearing a special blue sweater. Barnes & Noble will also carry its own special edition, which will see Fred wearing a red cardigan and holding a King Friday puppet instead of the Neighborhood Trolley.

 

Barnes & Noble's special edition Mister Rogers Funko Pop!
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Mister Rogers’s seemingly endless supply of colored cardigans was an integral part of the show, and a sweet tribute to his mom (who knitted all of them). But don’t go running out to snatch up the whole collection just yet; Funko won’t release these sure-to-sell-out items until June 1, but you can pre-order your Pop! on Amazon right now.

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