To celebrate Interscope Records’ 30th anniversary, dozens of acclaimed visual artists have created original works inspired by songs and albums released by the record company’s musical artists over the years. Kehinde Wiley, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Lauren Halsey, Cecily Brown and several reinterpreted releases by musicians including Olivia Rodrigo, Lady Gaga, 2Pac, Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar and Nine Inch Nails – the list goes on.
The commissioned works, over 50 in total, will be on display in a new exhibition entitled “Artists Inspired by Music: Interscope Reimagined” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from January 30 to February 13. Three of the works were unveiled today to celebrate the news: Cecily Brown’s bid for Billie Eilish’s EP Do not smile at me, Kehinde Wiley’s interpretation of Dr. Dress The Chronic 2001, and Rashid Johnson’s ode to Kendrick Lamar’s album Good child, MAAD City.
A piece by Cecily Brown inspired by Billie Eilish’s Do not smile at me.
A piece created by Kehinde Wiley inspired by Dr. Dre’s The Chronic 2001.
A piece by Rashid Johnson that pays homage to the Kendrick Lamar album Good child, MAAD City.
ELLE.com can also exclusively reveal a piece by LA-based painter Jennifer Guidi inspired by Blackpink’s The album.
“Blackpink has broken barriers for women in so many ways, and I wanted to honor that by going to this project with the idea of feminine power in mind,” Guidi tells ELLE.com. “There is a literal recognition of the band by creating a black and pink painting, and I was attracted to the relationship between the two colors – love and romance intertwined with sophistication and mystery – and their complexity as a whole. The painting has the title
‘Seeking Hearts’ to represent the ongoing search for truth, happiness and love. “
Jennifer Guidi’s work inspired by Blackpink’s The album.
The visual artists were chosen over the past year by Interscope co-founder Jimmy Iovine, chairman John Janick, music director Josh Abraham and vice chairman Steve Berman. The team organized the exhibition with LACMA Associate Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, Staci Steinberger. Timed admission tickets go on sale January 20 on LACMA’s website.
See the full list of artists and their musical inspirations below:
Adam Pendleton: Dr. Dre – The Chronic
Amoako Boafo: 6LACK – FREE 6 LACK
Anna Park: Billie Eilish – When we all fall asleep, where are we going?
Jordy Kerwick: MGK – My Downfall Tickets (“My Bloody Valentine”)
Julie Curtiss: No doubt – Tragic realm (“Just a girl”)
KAWS: Snoop Dogg – Doggystyle
Kehinde Wiley: Dr. Dre –The Chronic 2001
Lauren Halsey: Kendrick Lamar – To pimp a butterfly
Lisa Yuskavage: Billie Eilish – Happier than ever
Loie Hollowell: Lady Gaga – Famous monster
Lucy Bull: No doubt – Tragic realm (“Spiderwebs”)
Mark Quinn: MGK – My Downfall Tickets
Matthew WongLana Del Rey Paradise
Mr. Fulton Leroy Washington AKA Wash: The Game – The documentary
Nicolas Party: Lady Gaga – Joanne
Nina Chanel Abney: 2Pac – Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory
OSGEMEOS: Black Eyed Peas – THE END
Rashid Johnson: Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid MAAD City
Raymond Pettibon: Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
Reggie Burrows Hodges: Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid MAAD City (“Swimming pools” (drinking)
Richard Prince: Nine Inch Nails – The downward spiral
Sayre Gomez: 50 Cent – Get rich or die trying ‘
Shepard Fairey: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to tell
Stanley Whitney: Kendrick Lamar – To pimp a butterfly (“King Municipality”)
Takashi Murakami: Juice WRLD – Goodbye and Good Riddance
Titus Kaphar: Eva – Scorpion
Toyin Ojih Odutola: Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
Umar Rashid: 2Pac – Me against the world
Will Boone: Helmet – In the meantime
Erica Gonzales Erica Gonzales is the Senior Culture Editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage on TV, movies, music, books and more.
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