Candy Girl: Will Cotton’s Nude Portrait of Katy Perry Makes Cover of ARTnews

After W‘s “Art Issue” cover matchup of Kim Kardashian and Barbara Kruger left readers feeling flummoxed and sleazy, ARTnews gives us a celebrity-artist alliance we can believe in: kooky songstress Katy Perry captured by the ever-confectionary Will Cotton. The painting, which you may recall as the cover art for Perry’s recent “Teenage Dream” album (Cotton also art-directed her “California Gurls” video), is the cotton candy-clad welcome to the December ARTnews—a special issue devoted to the nude. Get ready to disrobe so as to best appreciate critic Lilly Wei‘s consideration of the dearth of male genitalia in contemporary art and Gail Gregg’s article on drawing from life models. Meanwhile, a vigorous round of naked calisthenics is recommended before delving into painter Philip Pearlstein suggestive essay on late-19th-century nude motion studies by Thomas Eakins and Eadweard Muybridge (we can’t get enough of him). The December issue of ARTnews hits newsstands November 30.