Spanish Artist Turns to Notorious B.I.G. and Ai Weiwei for Portrait Series

By Nikhita Venugopal on August 19, 2014 1:32pm 

 Txelo's portraits will be displayed at Court Tree Collective on Aug. 22, 2014.
Txelo's 'Love Your Idols' Exhibition
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CARROLL GARDENS — It's the Notorious B.I.G. meets Duke Ellington.

A string of famous artists and musicians have been featured in a graphic-art portrait series that will be displayed in Brooklyn for the first time this week.

Marcelino Gutierrez, a visual artist from Barcelona who is known as Txelo, will exhibit 13 portraits of people who inspire him at Court Tree Collective in Carroll Gardens on Friday as a part of his “Love Your Idols” series.

The series, representing a small portion of Txelo’s entire work of 117 images, includes five Catalan artists like poet Joan Brossa, musical legends like Biggie Smalls and Count Basie, and Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei.

The pop-up will also feature Spanish tapas from chef Uri Sala, who will be serving a variety of free small plates like blue cheese croquets and beef tartar.

The cuisine will be inspired by the menu of his own restaurant El Gravat in Barcelona, said Sala, who has previously collaborated with Txelo.

Stephen Lipuma, who co-owns Court Tree Collective, met the chef while exhibiting his own photographs at Sala’s restaurant.

The one-night event is a chance for people in the neighborhood to get “a little taste of Barcelona culture,” Lipuma explained.

“It will definitely be a party atmosphere,” he said.

Txelo’s art show and the El Gravat restaurant pop-up will be hosted at Court Tree Collective, located at 371 Court St., on Aug. 22, from 7 to 10 p.m. To RSVP, visit this website.