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The Art News You Missed While Jordan Casteel Painted The Cover Of US Vogue
All the art stuff that happened while you were busy buying your copy
News 28 Aug 2020

Hey art girl! How’s your summer going? Here’s hoping you have had a chance to catch a break. While you’ve been avoiding your emails and frolicking in the sunshine, the art world has kept on moving. But don’t you fret about that, we have you covered with everything you missed!


Jordan Casteel And Kerry James Marshall Cover Vogue

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This! This. THIS! @aurorajames we did this. We are doing this. There is still so much work to do, but for this moment, for this time, we are pushing for hope and believing in a future where we true equity exists. If you don’t know, read up! @15percentpledge #Repost @voguemagazine ・・・ For our September issue, #KerryJamesMarshall and Jordan Casteel (@jordanmcasteel) were given complete freedom to decide who would be on their covers, a real or imaginary person, and how that person would be portrayed. For her Vogue cover, above, Casteel chose a real person as her subject, fashion designer Aurora James (@aurorajames), who made headlines in June with her @15percentpledge, a campaign to support Black-owned businesses. “I believe that what Aurora is doing is hugely important in creating the long-term change that Black people deserve and this country owes us,” Casteel says. “I see her as a light in a lot of darkness, and a potential for hope, a representative of change across all creative industries. What’s most exciting to me is being given artistic integrity and being able to choose the person to be my sitter—someone who reflects a portion of my own identity—and then to do that truly in the medium of my choice. This is the way that I speak to the world. And this is the way I’ve been speaking to the world and talking about the humanity of our people, talking about humanity in general. It’s a really profound experience. I do think I’m participating and a change is happening.” Tap the link in our bio to read more about the making of our September covers, which are part of our global reflection on #VogueHope. Artwork by @jordanmcasteel, Courtesy of the artist and @caseykaplangallery , New York. Photo: @david_schulze_studio . The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, San Francisco. Written by Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, September 2020

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We LOVE this. For the latest issue of US Vogue – the Hope issue – Jordan Casteel and Kerry James Marshall were commissioned to paint covers. Marshall paints a woman wearing a gown designed by Virgil Abloh, representing the beauty of all black women. Meanwhile Casteel depicts activist and designer Aurora James in a Pyer Moss dress. James has called for retailers to reserve 15% of space for black-owned businesses in her 15 percent pledge and we are totally here for it. 

Brooklyn Museum To Reopen With Major KAWS Exhibition

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New York City’s Brooklyn Museum is set to reopen on September 12, announcing a major survey on KAWS called WHAT PARTY. The exhibition will cover the artist’s 25-year career and include over 100 works, opening on February 12. 

Man Jailed For Punching A Picasso

Most art girls would demand a life sentence for such an act, but just this week a man was given an 18-month jail sentence for punching a Picasso painting at London’s Tate Modern. The architecture student claimed it was a performance, but the judge didn’t seem so sure. Read more about it on artnet

Yoko Ono Puts Up Messages Of Hope At The Met

We could all do with being a little more hopeful right now. So, Yoko Ono has hung huge banners on the facade of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art that read TOGETHER and DREAM. The installation will be on view until September 13. The Met is due to reopen August 29.


New York Fashion Week To Go Ahead But Without The Frow

What is fashion week without the frow? Well, we’re about to find out as New York Fashion Week is going ahead without it this fall. In line with new safety regulations, events will have a maximum of 50 people meaning that a media and front row presence is unlikely. Masks will also be mandatory, even for the models.

Gentle Monster Collabs With Diplo

Diplo and Gentle Monster have come together to drop two aviator-style pairs of specs. Dubbed the Space Cowboy collection, the frames are available in four colour iterations and are set to drop September 1.


Sotheby’s To Sell Notorious B.I.G.’s Crown

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It was all a dream… Today we announced that on 15 September in #NYC we will present a live auction celebrating the history and cultural impact of Hip Hop, headlined by one of the most iconic symbols of Hip Hop’s heyday: the crown 👑 worn and signed by Notorious B.I.G. from @barronclaiborne’s iconic 1997 ‘King of New York’ photoshoot for Rap Pages Magazine. The photograph is one of the most recognizable images in Hip Hop culture and it has endured as the defining portrait of the artist more than 20 years since it was taken. The first-ever dedicated Hip Hop auction to be presented at a major international auction house, the sale reflects on the impact Hip Hop has had on art and culture from the late 1970s through the “Golden Age” of the mid-1980s to mid-1990s, and up to the present. Featuring over 120 lots, the auction is comprised of unique artifacts, contemporary art, one of a kind experiences, photography, vintage and modern fashion, historic and newly designed jewelry and luxury items, rare ephemera including flyers and posters, important publications, and more with a majority of items consigned directly by artists or their estates. A portion of Sotheby's proceeds from the sale will benefit the Hip Hop programs at the @qplnyc, as well as @buildingbeats, a non-profit community organization that teaches tech, entrepreneurial and leadership skills to underserved youth through DJ and music programs. #hiphop #hiphopmusic #notoriousbig #biggiesmalls #barronclaiborne

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In 1997 Notorious B.I.G. posed in a crown for a photoshoot. Three days later he was killed. Now that crown is up for sale in Sotheby’s first-ever hip-hop auction. Other lots include love letters written by Tupac Shakur to high-school girlfriend Kathy Loy. The Hip Hop sale will take place on September 15.

Text Lizzy Vartanian 

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