His 12 artworks featuring fictional proposals for Vogue covers ruthlessly lampoon the fatuous froth of the glossy. Take January, The Angry Issue: its main feature â€“ 769 Things That Make Scarlett Johansson Angry At Injustice. Inside, we are promised advice on”how to dress angry”, a report on”whatever happened to New Orleans”and”how Bono saved Africa”.
Carrying on the list obsession is the May issue with 635 Poor People Upside Down [above], plus Karl Lagerfeld on cancer and the lost diaries of Oswald Mosely.
I have very mixed reactions to this. On the one hand, I dislike Vogue very deeply, because to meet it represents a powerful instrument of commodification and othering of women. On the other hand, however, King is making fun of women and “women’s stuff” in a way that strikes me as somewhat misogynist. Check it out and see what you think.