Thursday, 22 September 2011

Michael Leavitt

Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt has created this fairly brilliant series of figurines of titans of the art world, 'The Art Army Royalty'. Leavitt makes the figures from scratch, customising each one so it not only looks like the artist in question, but reflects some of their best-known work. It was only a matter of time before artists themselves became objects of art available for purchase, but you can't help liking what Leavitt has created, since these aren't grandiose bronze busts but posable polymer figures. Interesting to know what the artists themselves think of their caricatures.....

David Hockney

Lucien Freud

Takashi Murakami

Jasper Johns

Gerhard Richter

Cy Twombly

Damien Hirst

Kara Walker

James Turrell

Ellsworth Kelly

Chuck Close

Claes Oldenburg

Cindy Sherman

Jeff Koons

Frank Stella

Ed Ruscha

Barbara Kruger

Tom Sachs

Ai Wei Wei

All images © Michael Leavitt, courtesy of Jonathan LeVine Gallery

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