James Franco has been making art for decades. Franco harnesses his personas from the various worlds he’s involved in as material to create layered, multifaceted work. Franco primarily pursues painting as his main medium, but also explores and integrates video, performance, and photography into his practice. Franco has participated in collaborations, solo, and group shows all over the world. He combined his acting experience and his love of art in Carter’s Erased James Franco, which was shown internationally, but most notably at the Tate Modern in London and MoMA in New York. Franco’s show Dangerous Book Four Boys appeared in solo exhibitions at The Clocktower Gallery in New York City and Peres Projects in Berlin. In 2011, Franco participated in the Venice Biennale and Performa. He has also shown work at the Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, New York’s MoMA PS1, Pace Gallery in London and New York, Galerie Cinema in Paris, and two shows with Siegfried Contemporary in London and Switzerland. Most recently, Franco has participated in two group shows with his brother, Tom Franco, as well as group shows in Los Angeles and Dallas. He holds an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Directing and he received his MFA in Digital Media from the Rhode Island School of Design.


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