WASHINGTON: Thanks to the generosity of a US forklift truck dynasty, pop star Katy Perry will soon take pride of place in the dignified National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
“Cupcake Katy,” an oil-on-linen portrait by New York artist Will Cotton, will go up on June 18 as part of a rotating display of recent acquisitions, the museum said Wednesday.
The painting, completed in 2010, is being gifted to the National Portrait Gallery — part of the Smithsonian network — by the James Dicke family, whose wealth and large art collection derive from a global forklift truck business based in the state of Ohio.
Perry, 29, is among the biggest names in pop music today, with a raft of Top 10 hits including “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream” and “Firework,” and a reputation for wildly colorful shows.3
She´s scheduled to bring her ongoing Prismatic concert tour to Washington´s Verizon Center arena — across the street from the National Portrait Gallery, as it happens — on June 24 and 25.