With museums around the world closed and no opening date in sight for many, one silver lining – for film-makers at least – is their availability for shooting purposes. This week FKA Twigs released a video, co-directed with Emmanuel Adjei, to accompany her new single (a collaboration with the rapper Headie One). Making a notable appearance in the video for ‘Don’t Judge Me’ is Kara Walker’s Fons Americanus, the 13-metre-tall fountain that was installed in the Tate’s Turbine Hall in 2019, and which Walker has described as an ‘allegory of the Black Atlantic’. There are clear thematic links between the sculpture and the song, which tackles racism in contemporary society.
Open Your Heart (1986); Vogue (1990)
Tamara de Lempicka’s art deco nudes appear in a host of Madonna’s music videos from the 1980s and ’90s – whether adorning the exterior of a club in ‘Open Your Heart’ or propped on easels in ‘Vogue’. And in fact the pop star is such a fan that she has acquired a number of De Lempicka’s paintings for her own art collection.