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September 1, 2005
THEBOOK Los Angeles
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Gottfried Helnwein is no stranger to controversy...
Austrian born Gottfried Helnwein is no stranger to controversy, even outright animosity, but he embraces it as the price of being an artist, and he will go wherever the muse takes him.
from the editor
If some of the people profiled here have made themselves targets, they are moving targets. They don’t stand still long enough to take a hit. They’re continually evolving, changing their colors, their spots, shedding their skins in favor of shiny new ones, discarding metaphors faster than this sentence.
Cover girl Christina Ricci has been onscreen since she was nine years old. Her, we’ve watched grow up, and her path has been daring and never predictable.
Austrian born Gottfried Helnwein is no stranger to controversy, even outright animosity, but he embraces it as the price of being an artist, and he will go wherever the muse takes him. Hip hop mogul Damon Dash seems to recreate himself every time you turn around. He’s made successful forays into film production, acting, clothing design and marketing, and now luxury goods. Gregory Colbert is moving an entire museum across continents. Bijou Phillips has transformed herself from wild child into a focused actress. Actor Ken Watanabe is moving too, from Japan to LA, starting a new chapter at 45.
Ultimately what these people have in common is they are not afraid to change, and they are not afraid for us to see them change. They are not limited by boundaries, whether external or self-imposed, by confining ideas about what is or isn’t possible, or what they should or shouldn’t do. Despite what one might think of them, their creativity and fearlessness are undeniable.
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GOTTFRIED HELNWEIN
Mia Taylor
THEBOOK Los Angeles




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