UPDATE: It appears the sculpture is not for sale after all, despite what The NY Times and other outlets have reported. Kanye’s team reached out to us to clarify the situation:
“We are incredibly flattered that a number is being reported but at no point have we ever disclosed a sale price for the piece. The writer whose story was published in the NY Times unfortunately based his reporting on hearsay, conjecture, uninvolved third parties and the lack of fact checking,” says a rep for Kanye West. “Once again we are flattered by such interest, but as far as Mr. West is concerned – it’s all about the art. We are looking forward to announcing when Famous will be available again for viewing.”
And here’s the official information regarding the sculpture itself:
Kanye West spokesperson
“In his new work, Famous, West takes on the subject of myth and celebrity, daringly and stunningly ripped from the pages of his own personal narrative. Famous reduces a modern pantheon of celebrity figures to a group of vulnerable — nude, yet desexualized — sleeping partners, stripped cleanly of any artifice or pretense that invokes celebrity. The figures’ essential, primal humanity is revealed, reinforced by the subtle breathing mechanisms gently at work inside of each sculpture. Playing with the idea of neo-religious tableaux, the figures become anonymous, even angelic, outside the framework of modern media culture. The installation is made up of 12 photo-realistic lifelike silicone sculptures, hand-fabricated by over 30 fabricators in two Los Angeles-based studios over a period of two and a half months.”
You can read our original article below.
After recently being on display at LA’s Blum & Poe, the gallery is now looking to sell Kanye West’s undeniably unique “Famous” sculpture for $4 million USD.
The artwork is of course a recreation of Kanye’s highly-controversial “Famous” video, which featured George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby and Taylor Swift all naked together in the same bed.
When questioned about the multi-million-dollar asking price for the work, Mr. Blum of Blum & Poe laughed. It is on sale — “for the right buyer,” he insisted. When you compile the materials utilized, the labor, and Mr. West’s name, the $4 million price tag doesn’t seem as insane. “I would project a figure about that,” Mr. Blum concluded.
Again, this is merely what the gallery is hoping to get for the piece, but would it really be that surprising if the sculpture does in fact go for $4 million?
- Source: NY Times
- Photography: Sam Khan / Blum & Poe