Sacha Baron Cohen’s art gallery victim has a few things to say to the man who trolled her
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Sacha Baron Cohen’s art gallery victim has a few things to say to the man who trolled her

Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images) Actor Sacha Baron Cohen unveiled his new Showtime series Sunday night, a politically minded prank show titled “Who Is America?” In its seven episodes, Cohen travels the country inhabiting different characters and aiming to expose the self-seriousness of American institutions ranging from politics to art, Hollywood and the media. One of Cohen’s prime targets in the premiere was the art expert Christy Cones. As viewers of the first episode know, Cohen’s made-up ex-con character engaged the gallery staffer in a conversation about art, after subjecting her to claims (and the visual evidence) of painting in prison with his own bodily fluids. He also rendered her in a painting using some of his unconventional, graphic methods. Cones, it turns out, is a serious figure on the Southern California art scene. She has been working as a fine-art consultant at Orange County’s Coast Gallery and recently earned a PhD from the University of California at Irvine. She also runs a watersports foundation created by Bruce Hopping, an artist, World War II veteran, watersports ambassador and local cult figure who died this year at 96 and whom Cones considers a mentor. The Washington […]

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