Behind the Scenes: Santigold's New Album Cover Feat. Kehinde Wiley

By - Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Santigold, the electro-pop artist who jumped on the music scene when her internet hits such as “Creator” and “L.E.S. Artistes” went viral in the late 2000’s, just released the cover art for her upcoming album “Master of My Make Believe”. Santigold is depicted in three different ways, as a mafioso “Don”, classic show girl wearing “Bond-Gold” suits designed by Alexander Wang, and in a painting as an American military officer. The cover shows the artist’s infatuation with art of all sorts, having a classical feel to it and the one of a kind painting by Kehinde Wiley. Wiley’s work has evolved over time, from the renaissance-like portraits of African-American’s he found in Harlem, to a more international selection of subjects in his current project titled “World Stage”. He takes his found model’s and places them in poses taken from historic paintings, combining new with old and positioning young black men in a somewhat forgotten seat of power. This painting of Santigold is actually his first ever done with a female subject, and interesting advancement after nearly 15 years of portraiture. The painting references an 18th century piece by Joshua Reynolds pictured below. {image-1} {image-2} It’s dope to see such a wonderful collaboration between a musician, painter, and fashion designer come off so well. Text: Smarth for 12ozProphet Source: New York Times

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