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  • Kate Moss has been conferred by audiences as both a feted standard of ethereal beauty and a rebellious, rockstar icon. Entering the spotlight at a modest five-foot seven inches, it is her subversive and category-defying nature that captivates photographers, fashion designers and artists alike. Described by Marc Quinn as a “cultural hallucination… the only person that has the ubiquity and silence that is required in an image of divinity”, it is exactly this paradoxical allure – accessible yet mysterious – that offers Moss as a generational muse.


    Moss herself acknowledges her chameleon-like adaptability, attributing her tabloid success to her ability to conform to various demands, be it agelessness in a skincare commercial, or sex appeal for a lingerie campaign. In 1998 she candidly reflected on the melancholy of being reduced to a mere advertising image, lamenting, "I just see myself as an image of what someone's trying to advertise, and that's sad."

    “I love collaborating with artists… they capture from the outside what you feel inwards.”
    —Kate Moss

    However, amidst the relentless commercialisation, Moss finds solace in genuine, enduring friendships with artists like Banksy, Tracey Emin, and Lucian Freud. Artists can see through the glamorous exterior and understand Moss on a deeper level, unlike the incessant glare of the media and the voracious appetite of blinking cameras. They peel back the layers that make a person who they really are. In response to working with Chris Levine, Moss explains, “I love collaborating with artists… they capture from the outside what you feel inwards.” A stark contrast from her earlier confession to being reduced to a promiscuously mass-marketed object, Moss sees her representation within contemporary art as a reflection of her true nature.


Kate Moss, London

Chromogenic print, on Fujiflex Crystal Archive Supergloss paper, with full margins.
I. 41.9 x 58.4 cm (16 1/2 x 22 7/8 in.)
S. 50.5 x 60.5 cm (19 7/8 x 23 7/8 in.)

Signed and numbered 172/175 in black ink on the label affixed to the reverse of the frame (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Counter Editions, London, on the occasion of the retrospective In Your Face at The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 21 October 2012 to 3 February 2013, with their accompanying Certificate of Authenticity, framed.

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