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US museum adds Katy Perry portrait to collection

/ 02:56 PM May 22, 2014

Katy Perry. AP FILE PHOTO

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.

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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.

In a statement, National Portrait Gallery director Kim Sajet said the tongue-in-cheek work “brings to mind a traditional European portrait of a bewitching 18th century bell — Madame de Pompadour, perhaps?”

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Sajet added: “Sweet but no mere piece of ‘candy,’ the woman is accessorized but not labeled — she’s the one in control.”

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.

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.

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