T-shirts have often been the domain for artist statements. I love my Louise Bourgeois hipbones-emblazoned number and am still coveting the Jean Paul Gaultier sexy text-bearing shirt that I missed acquiring at last fall’s Gaultier extravaganza at the Dallas Museum of Art. Now the perfect retailer has stepped up to the tee plate: Prada, which deployed American-born, Paris-based artist/graphic designer Vahram Muratyan for a project entitled Parallel Universes. Muratyan’s commission yielded a collection of both saucy and succinct images — sunglasses, handbags and shoes that morph into pools or skyscraper roofs, and even a ring depicted on a well-manicured hand — which march across the canvas of Prada’s latest tees. The enigmatic, stylized abstraction of the artist’s vision, executed in eye-popping shades of tangerine, Palm Beach blue and golf-course green, also reference the science of semiotics and global communication media. And they’re exactly what we’ll be wearing at the next Gallery Talk at Photographs Do Not Bend. $235 each, through prada.com.
IMAGE: Vahram Muratyan’s Parallel Universes Collection for Prada.