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Visionaire teams up with John Baldessari for its Art Issue

For its latest Art Issue, Visionaire, the iconic art and fashion publication that knows how to surprise us with its thematic issues, decided to offer a different perspective on the continuous rise of selfie culture, asking legendary conceptual artist John Baldessari to create a series of artworks inspired by digital celebrity self-portraits. A large list of famous personalities submitted photos of themselves for the project, among them artists Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, KAWS, Bill Cunningham and Ed Ruscha, models Gisele Bundchen, Karlie Kloss and Kate Upton, actors Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Lupita Nyong’o, Dustin Hoffman and James Franco, singers Miley Cyrus and Drake, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar, athletes Lionel Messi and Yuna Kim, and fashion designers Riccardo Tisci (Givenchy) and Kate and Laura Mulleavy (Rodarte). Baldessari used these celebrity selfies, which were printed in black and white on high quality archival paper, as his raw material, ovepainting them with his trademark geometric shapes and primary colors.

The result is 30 hand-finished 12-by-18-inch prints that beautifully merge pop culture with high art and traditional printing processes with modern technology. “Self-portraiture has existed since mankind’s earliest visual records,” said Visionaire co-founder Cecilia Dean. “Now we live in an age of self-celebration and constant surveillance in which nearly everyone carries some form of camera,” she continued. “I’ll probably be most remembered for putting dots over people’s faces. So, it’s funny to do an issue devoted to the selfies of famous people,” Baldessari added about the project. The 30 artworks, which were also displayed for some days in the lobby of the Chrysler Building in New York, are divided in three categories, each one corresponding to the Red, Blue and Green edition of the 64th Art Issue. Each edition is created in collaboration with Samsung Electronics and is limited to 500 copies, with cases that fold into display stands, so if you are interested in grabbing some of these Baldessari-revisited selfies, you should really hurry!