Porn star and all-around Renaissance talent Sasha Grey launched her new photography book, Neü Sex (Vice Books, $30), at Martha Otero Gallery in Los Angeles with back-to-back book signings this week, one for the A-listers and a second for the fans. Celebrities in attendance included Adrien Grenier, who worked with Grey in Entourage, and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, as well as lesser lights, who can be spotted in the Patrick McMullan photo shoot.
“She’s brilliant,” exclaimed Otero, who was prompted to hold the book-signings in her two-year-old gallery by comic artist James Jean, who had just had a show there. “She knows exactly what she wants,” Otero went on, “and is the kind of person who would be good at anything she wanted to do.”
Though this is her first book, Grey is reportedly in the midst of several projects, including directing films and producing music CDs. A new, unspecified undertaking is in the works with painter Richard Phillips, who was also on hand at the book-signing.
About half of the photographs in the book were made by Grey’s husband and longtime partner, Ian Cinnamon. Several were on display, priced between $1,100 and $3,000 for unique prints. “She’s not doing editions,” Otero said, noting that she had made several sales at the lower price range.
Next up at Otero Gallery is “Adam Janes: Objects in Play,” May 14-June 25, 2011. Janes’ work was included in LA MOCA’s “Recent Acquisitions” show.