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Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera has gone through a series of transformations over the course of her career, evolving from Disney’s pop princess into a tabloid-grabbing “Dirty” girl and now, in  her latest incarnation, into an über-mechanical, space-age diva. During this time, Aguilera has also become something of an art connoisseur, giving the Polaroid-advising,no-pants-wearing Lady Gaga a run for her money. But whereas the Gaga gravitates toward performance-oriented artists like Francesco Vezzoli and Leigh Bowery, British graffiti art is more Xtina’s cup of tea.

In 2005, the singer picked up two prints by Banksy and paid £25,000 (about $44,000) for another picture by the mysterious, high-profile artist of Queen Victoria getting, um, busy with a prostitute. Aguilera has also taken interest in the work of the London-based artist D*Face (real name Dean Stockton), whom she began collecting a few years ago. (Her husband, music executive Jordan Bratman, has long been a fan). Most recently the singer scooped up a pair of commissioned works, Pop Tart — a defaced Warhol Marilyn — and a portrait of herself as a pinup girl on an aircraft panel. She even asked D*Face to help create the cover of her upcoming “Bionic” album (due out in June), which depicts Aguilera with half of her face peeled away, revealing musical machinery underneath her skin.

Contacted for comment, the pop star told ARTINFO: “Jordan and I have been collectors of various styles of art for many years. We are particularly fond of the work D*face does and have many of his works in our home. He is a true talent.”

[ARTINFO]

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