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Kendall Jenner, Performance Artist, Channels Icons Like Marina Abramovic and Yoko Ono

Kendall Jenner has never participated in an art project until she was invited to participate in W’s 10th anniversary Art Issue. Jenner dove into the dazzling history of performance art, studying up on favorite works by Yoko Ono, Ulay and Marina Abramovic, and Yves Klein. Then she was ready to pay homage: Her clothes were cut. She became a human paintbrush. Even BFF Gigi Hadid got involved. Not all went as planned.

Released on 3/23/2017

Credit

Starring:

Featuring:

Kendall Jenner

Gigi Hadid, RoseLee Goldberg

Transcript

00:00
[classical music]
00:06
[Narrator] Performance art is live art by artists.
00:08
It is not art that hangs on a wall,
00:10
rather it is performed live in front of an audience.
00:12
The artist's body is the artwork.
00:14
It can be disturbing, uncomfortable, even dangerous.
00:17
In the 1960s for example, the artist Chris Burden
00:20
had an assistant shoot him in the arm with a real bullet.
00:23
Yoko Ono knelt on a stage and invited members
00:26
of the audience to cut off her clothes.
00:28
Kanye West has called his life walking performance art.
00:31
Like most art, performance art
00:33
forces us to think differently.
00:34
As Yoko put it, performance art is the future.
00:40
I've always wanted to be an artist.
00:45
I mean, being a supermodel's great.
00:47
Flying on giant jets, Carl's my friend,
00:50
but I think my soul is being an artist.
00:52
I mean, when you're a model, you're
00:54
a mannequin for other people.
00:55
I wanna be a director of my own vision now.
00:57
So I've researched a ton of performance art pieces,
00:59
and I really wanna give an homage to them.
01:03
Yoko Ono's cut piece challenges power dynamics
01:06
between women and men, performer and audience.
01:09
No! That's a 10 thousand dollar dress!
01:11
Cut.
01:15
[Kendall] Nothing comes close to the stunning images
01:16
that Yves Klein creates using a model as a human paintbrush.
01:29
Murakami Saburo's performance where he breaks
01:31
through many sheets of paper is a metaphor
01:33
for beauty that can emerge from decay.
01:42
Marina Abramović and Ulay create performances
01:45
of long duration, pushing the body to extremes.
01:47
Ahhh.
01:51
Ahhh.
01:53
Ahhh
01:54
Wait do I have wrinkles when I do this?
01:57
Kinda. Yeah.
01:59
Like, you're 20 now, you know?
02:00
No, I know.
02:01
Just don't put that in. I just wanted to, yeah.
02:02
The makeup wrinkle? Makeup wrinkle.
02:04
Gross. Thank you, get in there.
02:06
You look amazing. Thank you.
02:10
So I've been thinking about my first piece,
02:12
and I'm very inspired.
02:14
I just wanna show my perspective on life.
02:16
I've got a title for the piece,
02:17
and I feel like that's always important, right?
02:20
I'm thinking, The Selfie.