Currin’s bombastic portraits merge the look of Renaissance painting with contemporary social and sexual themes and have routinely appealed to the art-world elite. As a Republican who treasures the finer things in life (see this New York Times feature about his extravagant house), it’s doubtful Currin would ever turn down a money-making venture. Perhaps vintage-style lunchboxes designed by Currin would be a hit?
Prince is famous for appropriating advertising images as a way to highlight sexism and racism in mainstream culture. His work is subversive in the most hip of ways, and the artist has long tapped into the cultural zeitgeist with alarming precision. Most famous for his Marlboro man images, we might imagine … Richard Prince-designed nicotine patches?
Tracey Emin, 2000, ink-jet print. Photo courtesy of Christies
Perhaps the enfant terrible of the British art scene, Emin rose to fame both for her explicit, sexually harrowing art as well as her messy public persona that made the artist a fixture of the tabloids. She’s won the über-prestigious Turner Prize, was chosen to join the Royal Academy of Arts in London as a Royal Academician, represented Britain at the Venice Biennale, and has exhibited at nearly every major museum in the world. One of her most famous works, Bed, features the artist’s own bed complete with condoms and blood-stained sheets. Perhaps then a line of mattresses for Sealy?
As an art world mogul himself — famous for mass-reproducing animals and banal objects and turning enormous profit — a partnership with Mottola could either be explosively successful or completely unthinkable. Perhaps the Mottola machine could churn out… Jeff Koons-designed pet toys for Petco?
Famous for bringing the manga figure to the art world, the King of the Superflat movement has embraced commercialism with a ravishing enthusiasm not seen since the days of Warhol’s Factory. While he’s created leather goods for Louis Vuitton, perhaps the Mottola touch could… secure him a contract at H&M?
Known for taking photographs of herself in various guises as a way to investigate the way women are represented in mainstream culture, Cindy Sherman presides over the feminist art movement. What then, would be more fitting than… a Cindy Sherman costume line for Party City?
Damien Hirst, This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed at home, 1996. Photo courtesy of Artchive.com
Famous for his deathly-looking vitrines that feature animals suspended in formaldehyde, a liquid that looks like water, Hirst is Britain’s richest living artist. A little help from Mottola might even make him wealthier… how about a line of mini-vitrines — in other words, snow globes?
The minimalist sculptor and video artist famous for his fearsome, enormous sculptures that often sparked public controversy probably never saw himself with the capacity to create kids toy. But what would be more fitting than… a line for Lego? While his curvacious sculptures might seem to resist the colored blocks, if Escher did it (see below), no doubt Serra can, too.