Read SPIN’s ARTPOP Issue: Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Basquiat, Yoko Ono, DONDA, Tim Hecker, More

Our November iPad issue explores the current collision between music and contemporary art — Lady Gaga going over the moon for Koons, Jay Z rapping…
SPIN Staff / November 15, 2013

Brooklyn Beardo Michael Mahalchick Calls ‘Picasso Baby’ an Asshole

"I have a history of taking trash and transforming it," says heavily bearded Brooklyn artist Michael Mahalchick. He's not kidding: Some of his more absurd…
Paddy Johnson / November 15, 2013

Yung Jake, Video Prankster and Meta-Rapper, Turns the Hustle into Art

More plugged-in than your average Tumblr-rapper, recent CalArts graduate and hip-hop enthusiast Yung Jake makes music that treats the clichés of digital culture — social-media…
Paddy Johnson / November 14, 2013

Basquiat’s ‘Beat Bop’: An Oral History of One of the Most Valuable Hip-Hop Records of All Time

Jean-Michel Basquiat's history with rap music goes deeper than Jay Z's punch lines and bragging rights. That engagement was most visible in the "Beat Bop"
Andrew Nosnitsky / November 14, 2013

M.I.A.: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Artist

"I was the only one who was able to draw in the whole class," says Maya Arulpragasam, a.k.a. pop icon M.I.A., of her earliest school…
Jessica Hopper / November 13, 2013

Jana Winderen, the Gallery Game Dr. Doolittle, Turns Calls of the Wild into Gorgeous Sound Art

Norwegian sound artist Jana Winderen constructs meditative pieces often played in dark rooms or austere gallery spaces — but the way she makes them is…
Christopher R. Weingarten / November 13, 2013

DONDA: Kanye West Goes G.O.O.D. Trill Hunting with His Minimalist Design Company

In a series of tweets in January 2012, Kanye West announced the formation of DONDA, a design company named after his late mother. "I want…
Jordan Sargent / November 13, 2013

BiS-Kaidan: Idol-Killers Somehow Unite J-Pop, Harsh Noise, and Buckets of Slime

BiS-Kaidan is a cross-generational coup de pop, uniting two acts from opposing ends of Japan's musical spectrum. BiS (short for Brand-New Idol Society) are representatives…
Philip Sherburne / November 12, 2013

Art vs. Pop: A Seven-Decade Timeline of Music Crashing the Gallery (and Vice Versa)

From Warhol to Mapplethorpe, Basquiat to Murakami, Kim Gordon to Keith Haring, Bowie to GNR, here's an epic tribute to pop's artiest — and art's…
SPIN Staff / November 12, 2013

Lady Gaga Flies (Sorta), Sings, and Vogues at Multimillion-Dollar ‘ArtRave’

Maybe it’s because she fills her music with weighty ideas, or because those without BFAs remain intimidated by the world of high art, but Lady…
Nick Murray / November 11, 2013

Walking on Thin Ice: A Career-Spanning Conversation With Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono is the muse. Not just for John Lennon, whose love and devotion for her resulted in some of the most beautiful, and most…
Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / November 6, 2013

Tim Hecker: Attack of the Drones

"I'm happy to show you these turds," beams Tim Hecker, a six-foot-tall beanpole with angelic eyes and a devilish smile.Surrounded by an orderly half-circle of…
Christopher R. Weingarten / October 10, 2013