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ABOUT THE COVER: Hope Takes Flight

By Phebe Wahl | May 23, 2020 | Features Art

Contemporary artist Mr. Brainwash unites us all with an uplifting message of hope through an original work of art created for our Modern Luxury cover.


Artist Thierry Guetta, known under the pseudonym Mr. Brainwash (, has earned a global following for his provocative works. His magical mashup of street and pop art was the subject of Academy Award-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, and his collaborations range from album covers for Madonna to partnerships with brands like Hublot, Coca-Cola and Marvel Comics.

As a longtime advocate and philanthropist, Mr. Brainwash has created pieces to support the Los Angeles LGBT Center and murals to honor 9/11 victims and has partnered with Product RED to raise AIDS awareness. His charitable collaborations include meeting with former first lady Michelle Obama in support of her organization, Let Girls Learn, and with Pope Francis in Rome to raise funds for Scholas, the pope’s personal foundation to serve global youth.

For this issue, Mr. Brainwash partnered with Modern Luxury to create an original work of art for our cover. “I wanted to do a balloon representing America all together,” he shares of his inspiration for the work. “It’s love; it’s the heart—the whole [country] together, and we’re not going to give up. We are going to make it happen, and we are going to fight for it. We are going to win because we have hope.”


Photography by: Portrait by Olivier Mastey