Lena Dunham Makes Like a Statue

The headlines rolling out of the online preview of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine “Culture Issue” cover story by Meghan Daum have been pun-tastic. Perez Hilton thinks the Girls star is “Totally STONED,” while Refinery29 contributor Lauren Le Vine notes that Dunham got “Busted.”

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The New York Times has a more civilized way of describing this weekend’s cover. Most of the credit for this one belongs to the publication’s design director:

Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor, wanted to evoke classical art. The magazine’s design director, Gail Bichler, suggested turning Dunham into a sculpture, and Joanna Milter, deputy photo editor, had an idea for the artist to take that on: Victoria Diehl, a Spanish photographer who creates haunting hybrids of flesh and stone by melding images of human models and classical marble statues.

Diehl flew in from Spain last month to photograph Dunham at Industria Superstudio. Read her thoughts on the experience in that same “6th Floor” blog post.

P.S. The print version of the magazine does not include the white-crayon scrawl. The cover background is completely black, with the “The Culture Issue” lettering – as shown – in gold.