Simon Plumb is a journalist for the Herald on Sunday

Another body of work from Key

Stephie Key's art has raised eyebrows in the past by exposing her body to explore themes of marriage and sexuality. Photo / Supplied
Stephie Key's art has raised eyebrows in the past by exposing her body to explore themes of marriage and sexuality. Photo / Supplied

Stephie Key has launched her second art exhibition in Paris, with the Prime Minister's daughter continuing her reputation for risque photography.

Key, who works under the pseudonym "Cherry Lazar", has revealed her latest body of work in a St Germain gallery on the banks of the Seine river.

Teaming up for a "duo show" with Belgian artist Damien Paul Gal, the joint exhibition has been described as a fusion of pop-artist Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat - an American graffiti artist whose work focused on social extremes and capitalism.

Basquiat's career was cut short at age 27, when he died of a heroin overdose in his Manhattan studio.

Before opening with a cocktail reception yesterday morning (NZT), Key teased sneak-peaks of the pair's collaboration through social media.

"Super excited to announce I have an exhibition opening in Paris on Thursday! "DANS QUEL MONDE VUITTON?" is a duo show of my work and Belgian artist Damien Paul Gal.

It is showing at Galerie Garbys in St Germain and it opens this Thursday! Details on the vernissage [preview] to come!" Key posted on Instagram.

Likewise, Gal - whose work challenges globalisation and consumerism and enjoys creating stencils cut out from the leather of pricey Louis Vuitton handbags, also advertised the show on his website and across social media.

"Dear friends, we invite you to the opening exhibit of artists Cherry Lazar and Damien Paul Gal. Cocktails will be held," Gal wrote on Facebook.

"An artistic, duo performance in the form of a mural will take place in our second gallery."

Key did not respond to a request from the Weekend Herald to comment on the exhibition.

Key's art has raised eyebrows by exposing her body to explore themes of marriage and sexuality. The work has featured Key topless and pointing a gun at her head, dressed as a sexy nurse and a couple of pieces featuring the artist as a human plate - covered in sushi and McDonald's.

Her first exhibition in Paris, titled Cherry on Top, was in May last year and John Key has previously declared himself "very proud" of his daughter's work.

One of her earliest pieces is in the kitchen of her parents' Auckland mansion - a sculpture of an "alien cat/fish creature" she did when she was aged 5.

- NZ Herald

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