Billie Eilish, art icon.
The 17-year-old californian prodigy has conquered the world with her tenebrous electro music and her horrific, hallucinatory imagery, and has inspired artists such as Tim Richardson who shot her for Numéro art. Billie Eilish’s songs have garnered her 285 million views on YouTube (for her hit Lovely with Khalid). Shot in iPhone style, the video for You Should See Me in a Crown (the one with the big live spiders) has notched up 80 million views.
The crystallization of a teenage icon is a fascinating phenomenon. At 14, Eilish had her first brush with success with her track Ocean Eyes. She could have become a precocious pop sensation à la Britney Spears, Justin Biba or Troye Sivan, but Eilish triggered something else. Fascinated by her, Stromae and his brother made the video for her trackHostage, and, for the release of her first album at the end of March, Takashi Murakami made a short film and a series of visuals. When we asked him to photograph her in Los Angeles, Tim Richardson came back with these incredible shots and video of her metamorphosing into a digital creature. Eilish is nothing if not inspiring.
Numéro art is not only a cover. Discover the contents of Numéro art #4, available from April 29.
For its fourth edition, Numéro Art selected three exceptional covers: first, a journey into the realm of music with Billie Eilish, the American pop star who already captivates artists (including Takashi Murakami...). Then, Numéro art followed the mysterious Laure Prouvost to Venice, where her crazy and poetic creations will occupy the French pavilion during the Biennale. Finally, legendary painter Rudolf Stingel welcomes us in his New York studio, ahead of his retrospective at the Beleyer Foundation during the Art Basel fair.
Numéro art #4 is also every other personalities and events that will matter from March to August 2019 and our TOP 40 exhibitions you should not miss. On the agenda: the Venice Biennale,meetings with the creators who are making today's art (Anne Thomas Houseago, Luc Tuymans, Jean Nouvel), and focuses on young creators (Jon Rafman, Hicham Berrada, Oliver Beer).
Numéro art #4 is, above all, original creations made by international artists: a new series of Coco Capitán, the secret web achives of Meriem Bennani, a collaborative and festive project by Mohamed Bourouissa, a trip to Qatar documented by Aitor Oriz and portraits taken by the biggest photographers (Harley Weir, Cass Bird, Tim Richardson, Nadine Fraczkowski…)