Madonna's cover story on L'Uomo Vogue has been teased to death on her Instagram, and now it's finally here.
It's a great, short interview in which she discusses how Baquiat and Haring have affected her outlook on art:
“Hanging out with Keith and Jean-Michel deeply influenced me. Their approach to art was aimed at making it accessible to people, in the subway, on the street. It wasn’t elitist, you didn’t have to pay for it, go to a museum or gallery or frequent rich people, you could be anyone.”
Interestingly, the pop icon most frequently praised for her business acumen and branding speaks out against commodification of art:
“By allowing ourselves to be consumed by corporate branding, worrying about having the approval of others and promoting only what is acceptable and popular, we destroy our art and everything about it that’s unique.”
She also comments on her use of self in her work, comparing it to Frida Kahlo; an apt comparison if ever there was one.
The images by Tom Munro surprised me in that I've never been a fan of his work with Madonna, though to be fair he most famously shot her during a period when her face was kinda in transition. This spread looks more Mert + Marcus to me, Madonna seems very engaged, and there are several memorable shots—I especially like her shouting with her cane and the slightly insane-looking shot of Madonna seated in a chair.
The shot that will get the most play will be the one in which her right breast is exposed, and probably because it's been so retouched it looks like the boob of a blow-up doll. Madonna has great tits...why go overboard trying to perfect them?
A good, solid, perhaps even classic Madonna cover story that effectively teases her next album, making it sound like it couldn't possibly be made up of disposable disco. But maybe it will be Daft Punk-like transcendant disco...if this snippet on Billboard is (praying...praying) Madonna.
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