I’m as big a a fan of Santigold as anyone, “L.E.S. Artistes” (2008) is a good song and video, but her new album cover (posted below) is of particular interest to the art set. Painted by Kehinde Wiley, the painting on the cover is typical Wiley but with an interesting twist, this is the first time he’s painted a female subject. Typically known for his paintings of young African-American men surrounded by the trappings of historic European painting, this is something new.
On the album cover Santigold (aka Santi White) is depicted three different times: as a mafia don, as Bond girls wearing gold outfits designed by Alexander Wang, and in Wiley’s painting based on Sir Joshua Reynold’s “Portrait of Sir Banastre Tarleton” (1782).
I’m not normally a big Wiley fan but this appears to be a good style choice by Santigold. The album, “The Master of My Make-Believe” is in stores on May 1.
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