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Ready for a Little Analysis of the Best Hoodies in Modern Art?
Because the fashion favourite is also a big deal in art
Art x Style 20 Feb 2020

The hoodie has long been a statement item of streetwear for the fashion world, but does it have any place in art? While you might be tempted to say “no”, the correct answer would actually be “yes”. In fact, a museum in the Netherlands is dedicating a whole exhibition to them. And, in honour of the humble hoodie, here are a few of our favourites from modern art!


The Banksy Hoodie

How could we not start with Banksy!? The original hooded artist, the one who arrives in the night, makes his mark, then leaves, concealed by the safety afforded him by his hood. Banksy is officially the master of using the hoodie to its full potential.


Kehinde Wiley’s Lime Green Hoodie

This Kehinde Wiley beauty was made to benefit the residency he runs in Senegal. This vibrant green hoodie covers the head of a young girl, who poses in front of a stunning patterned background and we’d love to get our hands on one!


Sterling Ruby’s Hooded Vampire

Sterling Ruby is known for incorporating fashion into his work, so his inclusion in this list should come as no surprise. Words can’t really describe this larger than life vampire. Why is it covered in an American flag? Who knows, but we certainly can’t deny it’s sartorial presence.


Yoshitomo Nara’s Sleepless Night

When we were kids, we probably all wore some kind of ridiculous outfit that made everyone think we were cute, and these nearly always came with a hood. Here Yoshitomo Nara has turned that hooded outfit into art, and we love it!


Devon Shimoyama’s Flower Hoodie

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Hey everyone, at @artbasel with @kavigupta_ you can see this giant hoodie i made (full installation in last slide) Here’s me for scale ?? Kavi Gupta will present a special section of the Art Basel Miami booth focusing on Devan Shimoyama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shimoyama will debut his largest hoodie sculpture to date referencing not only slain teenager Trayvon Martin, but all of the boys and men who can identify with him not only in his final moments of life, but also in the moments after his death in which his identity became skewed and shifted into something other through the media, ultimately reduced to an emblematic two dimensional version of a person. A shroud. A hood. A ghost. Stop by booth A16 for a peak! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #devanshimoyama #artbasel @devanshimoyama

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Devon Shimoyama’s flower-covered hoodie is undeniably gorgeous, but there’s a bigger – and not so pretty – message behind it. Shimoyama hooded art was made in memory of Trayvon Martin, an African American teenager who was shot in Florida in 2012. Shimoyama describes the work as “a shroud, a hood, a ghost.”


This Epic Table by Prem Sahib 

Who knew you could support a pane of glass with four hoodies? It’s the ultimate coffee table you never knew you needed (you’re welcome!).


Jamie Hawkesworth’s Hussein Chalayan Collab

Because hoodies can be high fashion too! This image of model legend Audrey Marnay in Hussein Chalayan looks like a still from a ghost film, and we kind of dig it. Inspo for you next halloween costume?


Travis Fish’s Homage To Fellow Artist Jonas Wood

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#jonaswood hoodie, 72×78” acrylic on canvas

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Don’t you just love it when artists shout-out to each other?! In this work Travis Fish paid major respect to fellow artist Jonas Wood by painting a giant hoodie covered in Wood’s famous basketballs. So sweet!


Text Lizzy Vartanian

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