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Friday Face: A Year in Boston

Friday Face: A year in Boston is the result of a year-long experiment in spontaneous paintings and interviews led by French artist Aurélie Galois. The project was conceived in late 2014 after Aurélie Galois had completed her one-woman exhibition United Icons of America at the Sloane Merrill Gallery in Boston. Once a week, the artist would do a quick, small-palette portrait of whichever person she happened to be most interested in at that moment, accompany it with a brief handwritten text explaining who the person was, and post it online. The process was rapid, informal and an immediate success. Using a Brookline’s coffee shop as the first centre for her operation, Galois had no problem finding subjects, and her subjects had no problem telling her who they were. They began to appear one every Friday to become the Friday Face.