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Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined

  • Art
  1. Dr. Dre
    © Kehinde WileyKehinde Wiley, Still Dre Everywhere, 2021, oil on canvas
  2. Cecily Brown
    Courtesy of the artist, © Cecily Brown, photo by Genevieve HansonCecily Brown, If teardrops could be bottled, 2021, oil on linen, 29 × 31 in.
  3. Rashid Johnson
    Courtesy of artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, © Rashid Johnson, photo by Martin Parsekian, courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los AngelesRashid Johnson, Good Kid, 2021, ceramic tile, mirror, red oak, oil stick, spray enamel, 37 × 37 × 3 in.

Time Out says

Forget the Coachella lineup: The biggest assembly of names in music is headed to LACMA’s galleries this winter.

For two weeks only, the museum will display 50 works from contemporary artists that’ve interpreted music from the likes of Dr. Dre, Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, BLACKPINK, Gwen Sefani, Olivia Rodrigo, U2, Lana Del Rey and more.

On the surface, the show in the Resnick Pavilion undoubedtly reads like an ad for Interscope Records: To celebrate its 30th birthday, the famous Santa Monica label asked 46 artists to contribute pieces inspired musicians on its roster. And after the exhibition wraps up (Jan 30–Feb 13), the pieces will find themselves on the cover of their respective album reissues.

But we can’t argue with the names here, in terms of both the artists and musicians: Ed Ruscha, Lauren Halsey, Takasha Murakami, Shepard Fairey, Richard Prince, Nicolas Party and Damien Hirst have all created pieces inspired by individual songs or entire albums from 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Juice WRLD, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nine Inch Nails, Lady Gaga and Eminem, respectively.

In the first images released from the exhibition, we can see that Kehinde Wiley has bestowed Dr. Dre with a suit of armor; Rashid Johnson has turned Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city into a colorfully abstract ceramic portrait; and Cecily Brown has painted swirls of teary eyes to the tune of Billie Eilish.

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano


Included in museum admission ($20)
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