It's no secret that Vogue magazine has always been an artists’ hub and a continuing reference for contemporary art. Art and fashion consistently collide and collude in kaleidoscopic ways and Vogue is there to either launch or report on the artistic kerfuffles. The fashion magazine continues to be a source of visual reference for painters, but also a platform providing art news, profiling artists, highlighting art shows, and promoting art fairs.
We learned that contemporary artist Tyler Mitchell is going to shoot the upcoming September issue featuring Beyoncé. But the breaking news that turned us to stone is the fact that this is allegedly the very first time in Vogue's 126 year history that a black artist will shoot a Vogue cover.
Congratulations to artist Tyler Mitchell who describes how he had to make a new mold for himself at school because the athlete/nerd dichotomy didn't fit him. We're happy he's going to break the 126-year-old white mold at Vogue (pun intended). We always talk in our workshops about the lack of diversity in the world of art creating. We're happy this will become a point of inflection and a point of reference to all of the artistically-oriented kids out there feeling there has to be something else beyond the athlete-vs-nerd paradigm.
The cover of the upcoming September issue is about to drop, so we'll keep an eye when it's out and create a painting series inspired by it. It's shaping up to mark historic moment in art and in pop culture, a long overdue moment.