Celebrating the best of art and fashion, W Magazine’s annual December Art Issue has become a highly anticipated annual release in both art and fashion circles. This year, Artsy and W partner to offer limited-edition prints from the 2013 Art Issue, including portraits of Hollywood icon George Clooney immortalized by contemporary artists Catherine Opie, Marilyn Minter, Yayoi Kusama, and Karen Kilimnik. Artist Lorna Simpson photographs Adepero Oduye, the rising star in artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen’s recently released feature film, 12 Years a Slave. And fashion photographer Michael Thompson captures Jean-Paul Gaultier’s decadent masks in a stunning spread. All prints are signed and numbered and proceeds benefit Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief.
About the Artists:
Lorna Simpson: Re-examining photography as a conceptual medium, Lorna Simpson’s works explore the experience of African American women in contemporary society. Simpson’s imagery is culled from both original photographs and those she collects from eBay and flea markets.
Catherine Opie: The theme of inclusion versus exclusion runs throughout Catherine Opie’s ongoing exploration of communal, sexual, and cultural identities, which takes the form of cityscapes, landscapes, and even depictions of football games, along with her signature portraits.
Marilyn Minter: In visceral paintings, photographs, and video works, Marilyn Minter examines the relationship between the body, cultural anxieties about sexuality and desire, and fashion imagery. Minter is best known for glossy, hyperrealistic paintings in enamel on metal that depict closeups of makeup-laden lips, eyes, and feet.
Yayoi Kusama: Avant-garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s work appeals to the imagination and the senses, including dizzying walk-in installations, public sculptures, and the "Dots Obsessions" paintings she has become known for.
Karen Kilimnik: Orchestrating a correspondence between the Romantic tradition and consumer culture, Kilimnik creates wildly imaginative paintings, drawings, assemblage sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos with an uncanny, nostalgic sense of beauty.
Michael Thompson: Photographer to the stars Michael Thompson got his start as Irving Penn’s studio assistant in the 1980s. For the past two decades his fashion photography and celebrity portraiture have been featured on the illustrious pages of W, Vogue, GQ, and Vanity Fair, among many others.