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George Clooney by Yayoi Kusama for W Art Issue

This year it was the turn of George Clooney to pose for the cover of the December/January Art Issue of W, a much awaited annual edition that has featured in the past Kim Kardashian by Barbara Kruger or Linda Evangelista by Maurizio Cattelan. The cover was shot under the creative direction of Yayoi Kusama, the famous Japanese artist known for her obsession for polka dotted patterns. In the spread, Clooney is portrayed in a black Giorgio Armani suit, shirt and shoes, all hand-painted with white spots by Kusama, in front of a matching spotted background set that was especially made for the occasion. This is not the first time that Kusama flirts with fashion, since she had collaborated with Luis Vuitton, back in 2012, creating a series of limited edition clothes and bags based on her distinctive patterns. The launching of the W Art Issue coincides also with Kusama’s “I Who Have Arrived In Heaven” major exhibition at David Zwirner gallery in New York, on show until December 21st.

The glossy issue, apart from Kusama’s collaboration, also features a series of artworks by various female artists, among them Tracey Emin, Catherine Opie, Marilyn Minter and Karen Kilimnik, inspired by the unparalleled charm of the famous Hollywood star. Moreover, a limited edition series of prints, straight from the pages of W’s Art Issue, will be available for sale exclusively on Artsy, with the proceeds benefiting Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief.

In the accompanying interview, when asked about Kusama’s intervention George Clooney said: “Yayoi Kusama depicted me covered in polka dots. She made me Snoopy! But I must say: I’m proud to be Snoopy! Ultimately, what I’m trying to do with a director—or, I guess, an artist—is to be of service to them and their story.” Clooney also talked about his upcoming film, entitled “The Monuments Men”, where he plays, according to W, the leader of a special platoon of museum directors, curators and art historians who join forces to rescue the art that Adolf Hitler stole during World War II. Based on actual events, the story is a breath taking thriller based on Robert M. Edsel’s 2009 book of the same name. “Art takes different forms,” said Clooney, who coproduced, co-wrote, and directed the movie. “But it represents something that is basic in all of us —our history (…) In “The Monuments Men” we question whether saving art is worth a life, and I would argue that the culture of a people represents life.”