Inez van Lamsweerde

In the fashion world, when someone uses “Pop” as a reference, they usually mean “fabulous.” The fashion image promises happiness through glamour, which relates to the adoration of stars in a Warholian way: Andy making art out of everybody, the fabulous lives of the people in his silk-screens and Polaroids. There’s a perfect merging of art and fashion in every sense. Other Pop artists that I like, such as Mel Ramos or David Hockney, are not considered cool by the art world right now. Many people associate them with a certain passé and yet blue-chip LA art scene, Rodeo Drive galleries, and a secondary art market atmosphere—exactly the kinds of things no smart art person is “supposed” to like or want to be connected with. But both of them have had as much of an influence on my work as Warhol. Richard Hamilton is another example of a great artist who is often overshadowed but whose collages

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