Maurizio Cattelan: Linda Evangelista
A behind-the-scenes look at the November 2009 portfolio, the provocative artist finds his latest muse in the iconic supermodel.
Released on 10/21/2009
|Starring:||Linda Evagelista and Maurizio Cattelan|
(intense orchestral music) (people shouting and chanting)
[Dennis] This is our fourth art issue.
The art issue is one of the signature issues of W magazine.
A predominant part of it is newly commissioned work,
it's made for the magazine,
and I think that's very important because it is a chance
for many artists to work in a medium
that they would not otherwise do.
In the case of the story created by Maurizio Cattelan,
we're dealing with the world around us.
To work with Maurizio is a unique experience.
He forces you to be a very active collaborator.
He is a conceptualist,
he will imagine works that in many cases
are executed by other people.
In this story, Maurizio is not the person behind the camera.
Pierpaolo Ferrari is the one who actually took the pictures.
The author, in the end, is Maurizio,
but everyone played their part.
We felt extraordinarily fortunate to get Linda Evangelista
to work on this story.
She is, without a doubt,
one of the greatest actress/models who ever lived.
There isn't a great photographer in the world
who hasn't probably taken some
of his best pictures on Linda.
I think the idea of someone of Linda's stature
taking these chances only adds to the impact of the story.
The idea of Linda Evanelista holding that sign
dressed in Oscar de la Renta and Pacaba,
in the middle of this urban scene, is powerful.
You wonder what's going on.
There are certain reflections
on the current economic crisis,
there are issues of salvation, redemption,
sexuality, current news.
These are such loaded images,
and every time you turn the page you're kind of assaulted
by strong imagery that requires a lot of contemplation.
That's all part of the process
of working on a story like this.
Everything comes together to create
this extraordinary moment in the course of the story.
In the end, I think it presents a very powerful statement
from an artist about the world we live in.