This LACMA exhibit features paintings inspired by Dr. Dre, Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo


Forget the Coachella lineup: the biggest gathering of names in music is heading to the galleries at LACMA this winter.

For two weeks only, the museum will feature 50 works by contemporary artists who have performed the music of Dr. Dre, Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, BLACKPINK, Gwen Sefani, Olivia Rodrigo, U2, Lana Del Rey and more.

At first glance, the show in the Resnick Pavilion undoubtedly reads like an advertisement for Interscope Records: to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the famous Santa Monica label asked 46 artists to contribute songs inspired by the musicians on its list. And after the end of the exhibition (from January 30 to February 13), the pieces will be found on the cover of their respective album reissues.

But we can’t argue with the names here, in terms of artists and musicians: Ed Ruscha, Lauren Halsey, Takasha Murakami, Shepard Fairey, Richard Prince, Nicolas Party and Damien Hirst have all created pieces inspired by individual songs or whole. albums by 2Pac, Kendrick Lamar, Juice WRLD, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nine Inch Nails, Lady Gaga and Eminem, respectively.

In the first published images of the exhibit, Kehinde Wiley can be seen outfitting Dr. Dre with armor; Rashid Johnson became Kendrick Lamar good kid, maAd city in a colorful and abstract ceramic portrait; and Cecily Brown painted watery-eye swirls to the Billie Eilish tune.


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