Premiere Art Issue, November 2006: Artist Richard Tuttle collaborates with fashion photographer Mario Sorrenti.
2007: Richard Prince takes mass-produced celebrity pictures of the moment’s biggest stars and, in a sly commentary on pre-social media celebrity culture, scribbles an autograph dedicated to himself on each one of the covers featuring Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Lindsay Lohan, Julia Roberts, Jessica Simpson, and Britney Spears.
Angelina Jolie for W's November 2007 cover.
Lindsay Lohan for W's November 2007 cover.
Jennifer Aniston for W's November 2007 cover.
Britney Spears for W's November 2007 cover.
Nicole Kidman for W's November 2007 cover.
Julia Roberts for W's November 2007 cover.
Jessica Simpson for W's November 2007 cover.
Cameron Diaz for W's November 2007 cover.
2008: W convinces Brad Pitt to take intimate portraits of Angelina Jolie and their kids exclusively for W, one of which was featured on the cover.
2009: In a provocative cover story, artist Maurizio Cattelan casts Linda Evangelista as both saint and sinner.
2010: Barbara Kruger’s cover art says everything we ever needed to know about Kim Kardashian West—then, of course, just Kim Kardashian.
Untitled, 2010, by Barbara Kruger For W's November 2010 cover, courtesy of Mary Boone Gallery.
2011: For an alternate cover, Francesco Vezzoli reimagines Nicki Minaj as an 18th century courtesan in a series of portraits.
2011: The first new work that the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei made after being released from government custody in China. Since he was under house arrest at the time, he directed the shoot via Skype from Beijing. The shoot took place in a former jail building on Rikers Island, in New York. Through the images, he tells the story of his own arrest and detention in China.
2013: Four artists reimagine the actress Jessica Chastain: George Condo, Rineke Dijkstra, Mickalene Thomas and Chantal Joffe.
Jessica Chastain by Chantal Joffe, styled by Felicia Garcia-Rivera for W's January 2013 cover.
Jessica Chastain, W, January 2013.
George Clooney on the cover of W's December/January 2013 issue.
2014: Five leading artists reimagine Pharrell Williams: Urs Fischer, JR, Rob Pruitt, the Japanese artist Mr., and Alex Katz, who painted Pharrell from life during a private sitting. The last interview with the artist Sturtevant, the subject of a major recent retrospective at MoMA, who died the month the story was published.
2015: Video artist Bill Viola shoots Margot Robbie and Jake Gyllenhaal submerged in water.
2015: Yoko Ono revisits her famous “Cut Piece” in an exclusive work for W, only this time Ono was doing the cutting. The cover preceded Ono’s first retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, which launched a reappraisal of her pioneering art works in the 1960s.
Five artists reimagine Drake for W: Katherine Bernhardt, Mark Flood, JIMJOE, KAWS, and Henry Taylor.
2016: Artists Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin portray supermodels Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid as “humanoid pets.”