Sunday, February 6, 2011

Francesco Vezzoli: Sacrilegio ( art & fashion )


Francesco Vezzoli: Sacrilegio

The Artist Casts Supermodels and His Mother as Madonnas in His New Show

In his latest visual mash-up of history and celebrity, Milanese artist Francesco Vezzoli enlisted 90s supermodels Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista and Stephanie Seymour to portray Renaissance-era Madonnas in the style of Da Vinci, Botticelli and Bellini. The series marks the artist's first solo exhibition in New York, Sacrilegio, which sees Gagosian’s Chelsea location converted into a chapel. Today we feature an exclusive still from the show’s video component: a reinterpretation of Pinturicchio’s 15th-century painting “Madonna with Writing Child.” The thinly veiled self-portrait pictures “the child” learning needlework (one of Vezzoli’s trademark mediums) alongside the artist’s mother, who lipsyncs to a tune by singing nun Soeur Sourire. NOWNESS quizzed the artist on history, sacrilege and the trendiness of motherhood.

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