John Baldessari Creates Graphic Interpretations Over Celebrity Selfies For Visionaire 64 ART
Visionaire co-founders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos worked with artist John Baldessari on the concept for Visionaire 64 ART, an issue made in partnership with Samsung Electronics that “marries modern technology with old-world process, pop culture with high art, digital with analog.” The trio decided to make it a “selfie issue” and asked celebrities, including Drake, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, KAWS, Lupita Nyong’o, photographer Bill Cunningham, and Kate Upton, to submit photos of themselves. Baldessari then took the black-and-white images which had been printed on high quality archival paper and created “color interventions” over the faces.
“I’ll probably be most remembered for putting dots over people’s faces,” said Baldessari in a press release, “so its funny to do an issue devoted to the selfies of famous people.” We see celebrity selfies all the time on social media, but it’s interesting to see which ones these stars chose to share for the project (Drake chose an owl statue).
“Self-portraiture has existed since mankind’s earliest visual records,” says Cecilia Dean. “Now we live in an age of self-celebration and constant surveillance in which nearly everyone carries some form of camera. It seems ironic and hilarious that an artist so famous for putting dots over people’s faces would devote an issue to the technology that celebrates face-time.”
There are three editions of the issue, each with 10 different artworks. The editions are limited to only 500 copies, with cases that fold into display stands. Head to the Visionaire website to grab one while they last.
Andrew Lasane; complex.com
I’ve added Kirstens artwork, which is from the Blue Edition, to the gallery.