Artsy reports — Cantor designed his first Kahlo-inspired emoji last summer. The Instagram account for Cantor Fine Art, the gallery he runs with his father, was attracting a growing number of followers, and Cantor wanted to engage them. His strategy: to canvas his audience with a simple question. “If I were to make emoji of artists, who would you want to see?”
“I was shocked how quickly answers streamed in,” says Cantor. Requests for Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, and van Goghglutted his inbox. So he got to work, using the graphic design and art direction chops he’d sharpened during his years working for powerhouse advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy. He released them one at a time on Cantor Fine Art’s feed. And while all of his creations whipped up excitement, it was Cantor’s Frida Kahlo emoji that “was by far and away the most successful,” he remembers.
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