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Spotted: George Clooney by Yayoi Kusama

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George Clooney, star of such films as Gravity and the upcoming The Monuments Men, has been spotted — in all senses of the word — on the cover of W magazine’s December/January “The Art Issue”.

Photographed by Emma Summerton, Clooney is decked out in a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, bow tie, and shoes that are all customized by the artist Yayoi Kusama. According to the accompanying W article, the Japanese artist admitted to not being familiar with who the Hollywood star was, exactly, but had no qualms covering him in her signature polka dots anyway. She said, “I call it Kusama’s Self-Obliteration… My idea is to send the message of ‘love forever’ to all the people in the world through the polka dots, which are all about the universe and human beings and living things. Your sex, being famous, being a star has nothing to do with it.”

For his part, Clooney discusses his thoughts on art and his role in The Monuments Men, in which he plays the leader of a special platoon of museum directors, curators, and art historians who join forces to rescue the art that Adolf Hitler stole during World War II. Of the film that explores whether cultural artifacts define the spirit of a country, Clooney opined: “Art takes different forms… But it represents something that is basic in all of us — our history.”

Apart from being dotted in the magazine spread, Clooney is also otherwise sketched, photographed or collaged by other contemporary artists Karen KilimnikCatherine Opie, and Marilyn Minter.

— Michelle Tay

Image copyright Emma Summerton, courtesy W Magazine

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