New York Magazine Commissions ‘I Voted’ Stickers From 48 Visual Artists

by Christopher Blay October 27, 2020
Amy Sherald's 'I Voted' sticker, via New York Magazine.

Amy Sherald’s ‘I Voted’ sticker, via New York Magazine.

The final week before the 2020 U.S. elections is upon us, and a new initiative from New York  Magazine, in collaboration with the nonpartisan organization I Am a Voter, has debuted 48 ‘I Voted’ stickers commissioned by the magazine. The 48 artists include Shepard Fairey, KAWS, Barbara Kruger, David Hammons, Amy Sherald, Marilyn Minter, and others. The sticker designs were released yesterday.

In the magazine’s article on the initiative, Sherald states: “In my lifetime I’ve experienced my share of prejudice and racism. My mother named me Amy with the hope that I would avoid the inescapable and unavoidable fact of race in this country.” She continues, “This painting is about that reclamation. My American flag represents a ‘whole’ country. A flag that conjures hope, empathy, resilience, unity, freedom, and justice.”

The October 26 issue, which includes images of the stickers on the front, presents four different covers, with 12 peel-able stickers in each version of the issue.

Hank Willis Thomas'I Voted' sticker, via New York Magazine.

Hank Willis Thomas’ ‘I Voted’ sticker, via New York Magazine.

The complete list of artists and the issues in which their stickers appear are as follows:

Cover 1: Derrick Adams; Katherine Bernhardt; Bisa Butler; Tawny Chatmon; Nancy Chunn; Alfred Conteh; Ashley Dreyfus; Shepard Fairey; Baron von Fancy; Zaria Forman; Julian Gaines; Rico Gatson.

Cover 2: David Hammons; Votan Henriquez; Deborah Kass & Pulp Ink.; KAWS; Christine Sun Kim; Yashua Klos; Barbara Kruger; Adam J. Kurtz; Sean Landers; Glenn Ligon; Yeni Mao; Jennifer Kinon & Bobby C. Martin Jr.

Cover 3: Shantell Martin; Shaina McCoy; Julie Mehretu; Duane Michals; Marilyn Minter; Toyin Ojih Odutola; Peter Paid; José Parlá; Adam Pendleton; Stephen Powers; Duke Riley; Deborah Roberts.

Cover 4: Jamila El Sahili; Hiba Schahbaz; Amy Sherald; Cindy Sherman; Devan Shimoyama; Tamara Shopsin; Laurie Simmons; Lorna Simpson; Hank Willis Thomas; Rirkrit Tiravanija; Sam Vernon; Zipeng Zhu.

Other artists for the project include Hank Willis Thomas; Lorna Simpson; Christine Sun Kim; Hiba Schahbaz; Tawny Chatmon; Rico Gatson; Zipeng Zhu; Adam Pendleton; and Zaria Forman.

Kaws' 'I Voted' sticker, via New York Magazine.

Kaws’ ‘I Voted’ sticker, via New York Magazine.

To order each or any of the four issues ($10 each), please visit New York Magazine’s website here. Another option: Hyperallergic reports that “500,000 stickers will be distributed for free at various retail locations, book stores, nonprofit organizations, and museums across the country.” NYMag states that polling sites, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), will also carry free stickers.

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