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Madonna as a Warholian prototype

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Madonna was friends with Andy Warhol. He and Keith Haring gave her a collaborative painting for her wedding to Sean Penn in 1985. But, due most likely to Warhol’s untimely death, the pop princess was never one of his portrait subjects. Until now.

In an homage to Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, and her own iconic status the cover of Madge’s new album, her last for Warner Brothers, is pretty fierce. It is done by the Los Angeles street artist Mr. Brainwash. And while I think it’s pretty appropriate, not everyone’s buying the hype. Blackbook says of the image “even the album art, designed by Mr. Brainwash hearkens back to East Village street art. Though troublingly enough, it seems like imitation of street art, like the Urban Outfitters-ization of a Warholian prototype.”