Italian conceptual artist Vanessa Beecroft has unveiled her latest work, a collaboration with the Italian leather brand Tod’s, at Milan’s PAC Museum. In line with Beecroft’s earlier work, most of them bearing the artist’s initials in the title, the piece is called VB Handmade.
The performance piece features several models, including Karlie Kloss, reclined and standing over a craftsman’s wooden bench as four artisans envelope their bodies in a second skin of leather. All the while audience members flock the crammed space to take photos and videos of the models. It’s a sensual tribute to the elements of Tod’s success and the great know-how of Italian craftsmanship, and a callback to Beecroft’s signature across many of her earlier works: a provocative encounter between a group of female models and an audience, in which the viewer is expected to interact with the art somehow.
Tod’s is the latest addition in the list of household names with whom Beecroft has collaborated. Her most famous partnership is arguably that with hip hop titan Kanye West. Since 2008, Beecroft has been responsible for the art direction of many of West’s multimedia projects, ranging from the 35-minute music video for “Runaway” to the performances that marked the launch of each of West’s Yeezy fashion lines. Her sculptural work even made an appearance at West’s wedding to Kim Kardashian in 2014.
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