Kanye West hires Andy Warhol's cousin to paint Kim Kardashian

The one thing that not even Kanye West can buy? A Warhol painting of his fiancee, Kim Kardashian.

Turns out the rapper has figured out a way to accomplish just that, though. He’s commissioned Andy Warhol’s cousin Monica Warhol, an artist who lives and works in Tucson, Ariz., to paint Kardashian.

“She’s an icon. She’s famous for nothing. Andy would have loved her,” Monica told the New York Post. “Kim is beautiful. She’s so manufactured. She looks like a human Barbie.”

Just as Andy did, Monica makes silk-screen works from photographs. “I never studied Andy. I never owned a book about him until about a year ago,” she said. The mimicking of his style is not conscious. She loves screen-printing, she said, because it’s “extremely physical.” Unlike Andy, who delegated labor to a bunch of hired hands, Monica does all the work herself.

Monica, a mother of six, never met the Prince of Pop, who died in 1987 when she was 10 and growing up in Pittsburgh. “My grandfather and Andy’s father were brothers."

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