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Kim Kardashian In Body Paint, Nicki Minaj as a Renaissance Woman, George Clooney Covered with Polka Dots: See the Best of W‘s Art Issues Past


Vadukul Max

Every year, usually around the imbroglio that is Art Basel Miami Beach, W publishes its annual Art Issue. And we put our cover stars through the ringer devised by their artist collaborators: George Clooney was covered in polka dots and wore a custom polka-dotted suit by Instagram sensation Yayoi Kusama; Margot Robbie dunked herself in a water tank for the video artist Bill Viola; Nicki Minaj was portrayed as an 18th-century courtesan by the Italian provocateur Francesco Vezzoli; Drake subjected himself to the whims of five artists, including KAWS; and, famously, Kim Kardashian posed nude in silver body paint at the hands of the text-art icon Barbara Kruger. (This year, in case you forgot, we had the queen Mary J. Blige photographed by the pioneering Carrie Mae Weems.) Here, a look at all the famous faces who’ve starred in W art issues past.

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Jessica Chastain as portrayed by George Condo and photographed by Max Vadukul for W Magazine’s Art Issue, January 2013.

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Francesco Vezzoli reimagines Nicki Minaj as an 18th century courtesan in a series of portraits for W’s Art Issue, November 2011.

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Pharell as portrayed by the artist Mr. for W’s Art Issue, June 2014.

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Mark Seliger

Kim Kardashian as portrayed by Barbra Kruger and shot by Mark Seliger for W’s Art Issue, November 2010.

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The first new work that the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made after being released from government custody in China for W’s Art Issue, November 2011.

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Drake as portrayed by KAWS and photographed by Caitlin Cronenberg for W’s Art Issue, November 2015.

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Artist Bill Viola shoots actress Margot Robbie submerged in water for W’s Art Issue, January 2015.

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George Clooney by Yayoi Kusama and photographed by Emma Summerton for W’s December/January 2013 Art Issue.

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Raquel Zimmermann at the MOCA Los Angeles. Photo by Willy Vandeperre, Styled by Edward Enniful for W Magazine June 2014.

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The first new work that the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made after being released from government custody in China for W’s Art Issue, November 2011.

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Tara Subkoff photographed by Marilyn Minter for W’s November 2015 Art Issue.