Monday, October 11, 2010

The new pop art

Kim Kardashian is the cover star of W Magazine's November "Art Issue," in photos by Mark Seliger that have her looking raw, natural and quite stunningly beautiful. I love this.

There are few things that get me more excited than pop culture as high art, the marriage of the highs and lows of our mass culture. Britney by Murakami for Pop; Murakami at Versailles. Koons's Michael Jackson and Bubbles; Koons at Versailles. David LaChapelle's celebro-sanct neon fantasy lands. Warhol, obviously. Lady GaGa's "performance art." They all have a way of turning our mass culture right back at us- our obsession with celebrity and money and commodity and fame. It's a tough but irresistible look in the mirror.

Britney Spears in a one of a series of NY-themed promo photos for the VMAs by David LaChapelle.

Lady in lace at the Accessories Council Awards in '09.

Michael Jackson & Bubbles by Jeff Koons

Murakami at Versailles

Gold Marilyn by Andy Warhol

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