Kanye took Vincent Desiderio’s “Sleep” & brought it to life with a modern twist.. if that isn’t genius idk what is. pic.twitter.com/bSDddfQFNo
— RAY MUÑOZ (@raymunoz94) June 25, 2016
Kanye West has shocked the world again and broken the internet with his “Famous” video which premiered tonight at The Forum in Los Angeles’ while it was livestreamed globally via TIDAL.
The American rapper told Vanity Fair it took him three months to create and complete the video which was produced in four different versions.
The video features images of sleeping celebrities including Kanye himself, Kim Kardashian West, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Amber Rose, Donald Trump, George Bush, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, and Anna Wintour. The tableau of each figure sleeping side by side on an enormous bed in an apparently completed sexual orgy was inspired by Vincent Desiderio, whose painting Sleep was recreated by Kanye for the scene. The painting originally debuted at Manhattan’s Marlborough Gallery in 2004 but was not fully completed until 2008.
Desiderio is an American painter and sculptor, who currently works as a senior critic at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the New York Academy of Art. His work is featured at collections in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum of American Art, and elsewhere. Desiderio’s work deals with perceptions of reality and making the abstract concrete.
Desiderio said in a 2014 interview with Painting Perceptions.
“When we make a painting we are building a psychologically charged sensual space of possibilities.”
Source: The Fader