W Magazine Volume 7, 2019

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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min
alec soth

Photographer, “Motoring On” (page 52) What is the first artwork you remember seeing, and what did it mean to you? Jonathan Borofsky, at the Walker Art Center in Minnesota, where I live. It was a sprawling show with paintings, sculptures, moving pieces, and drawings. For me, as a 15-year-old, it just felt full of possibilities. Who is the best artist of our time? There is no such thing as the best artist of our time. But I’m often asked, “If you could own artwork by anyone, who would it be?” And I answer, “James Turrell.” The kind of work I make and respond to tends to be emotionally intense or vulnerable, but the type of work that I want to live with is a Turrell Skyspace, this very serene thing. Who is your biggest critic? Myself,…

1 min
christopher bollen

Writer, “Fresh Start” (page 124) What is the first artwork you remember seeing, and what did it mean to you? My mom is an artist, so some of my earliest memories involve her at work in her studio in our basement. Back then, she was doing these beautiful batik portraits and abstract fabric sculptures. I really owe my love of art to my mother. All we did as a family was go to museums. Who is the best artist of our time? For my generation, it’s Wade Guyton or Rachel Harrison. Best alive might be David Hammons or Marlene Dumas. Best of the 20th century was Alice Neel. Who is your biggest critic? The British. They tend to exenterate me every time I publish a book. Sadly for them, my new novel, A Beautiful Crime, a…

1 min
penelope tree

Model, “A Muse for All Times” (page 102) What is the first artwork you remember seeing, and what did it mean to you? As a young child, many of the paintings in the house I grew up in frightened me…they seemed so hypnotizing and alien at the same time. It wasn’t until I happened upon A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884, by Georges Seurat, in the Art Institute of Chicago at a very vulnerable moment in my life that the whole world of art really opened up for me. Who’s the best artist of our time? My favorite living artist is Peter Doig. Who is your biggest critic? Meeeeeee (I know I’m not alone here). What is the best place to view art today? Wherever you happen to be when you come upon something that changes how you…

1 min
derek blasberg

Writer, “#katemossbyrichardprince” (page 90) What is the first artwork you remember seeing, and what did it mean to you? I grew up in St. Louis, and the art museum there is fantastic. When I was a kid, my mom would take me to see this incredible Monet “Water Lilies” painting. I remember asking, “Why is it blurry?” Who is your biggest critic? My mom! What is the best place to view art today? Museums are some of the few places left where people walk around not staring at their phones. At least they should be!…

3 min
that was then, this is now

In 2007, the artist Richard Prince appropriated celebrity paparazzi photos, dedicated them to himself (“To Richard Prince, Let’s Not and Say We Did, Jennifer Aniston”), and turned them into covers for W’s Art Issue. I was obsessed with those covers and thought of them often over the years. They merged the worlds of art, fashion, and pop culture seamlessly, using simple stock images. For this year’s Art Issue, we went back to Prince. Since the rise of social media, the artist has been exploring the idea of Instagram, and for this issue he created an iconic portrait of the most recognizable supermodel in the world, Kate Moss. We asked the photographer Nikolai von Bismarck (who is also Moss’s boyfriend) to take Polaroids of her, which we then sent to Prince, who…

4 min
triple threat

Robin F. Williams The long tradition of figurative painting has had its ups and downs and its dead ends, but it has proved remarkably resilient in the long run: Artists as diverse as Dana Schutz, Elizabeth Peyton, and John Currin have found ways to make it fresh and exciting. The latest painter to stop viewers in their tracks with pictures of people is the Brooklyn-based Robin F. Williams, who recently showed a suite of new works, “With Pleasure,” at the Los Angeles gallery Various Small Fires. With a grasp of bold color and scale, she has especially excelled at painting monumental women who hold the picture plane commandingly, but who bring some humor to the party too. “I love giving the women in the paintings the agency to tell the viewers…