RZA’S VICTORY OR DEATH PREMIERES Piece reimagines Washington crossing the Delaware
On midnight January 1, Victory Or Death, the highly limited fine art piece conceptualized and starring the RZA of multi-platinum hiphop group Wu-Tang Clan, was made available to the public. The piece is a Wu-styled interpretation of Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware, with RZA replacing Washington, and the GZA and the late Old Dirty Bastard as his right-hand men. Each painting contains a number of hidden elements that new owners are already scrambling to discover.
Victory Or Death comes in two collections. Prints in the Legacy Series measure 40” x 30”, and all carry RZA’s signature and handprints, applied in acrylic paint. All are numbered and signed in order of generation, and each come with a RZA image disc and authenticity placard. 300 prints exist in the Legacy Series. The 60 pieces in the Monument Series come with all the features of the Legacy, but the pieces contain a total of 50 hidden elements to the Legacy’s 36. Moreover, the Monument clocks in at two times the size – a whopping 80 x 60.
Village Voice (New York) proclaimed Victory Or Death “the greatest painting of 2010”. Of Victory, Pitchfork Media asked, “Is there anything RZA can’t do? (Rhetorical.)” the signup page at www.whenartimitateslife.com features a snapshot of RZA posing alongside the piece, as well as a new promotional flash video. Victory Or Death is the flagship release from When Art Imitates Life (WAIL), the brainchild of Sway of MTV, Tech of the World Famous Wake Up Show, and Los Angeles creativity house Scene Four. Upcoming fine art projects from WAIL are said to include Bay Area gatekeepers Hieroglyphics, legendary DJ QBert and Shavo of System Of A Down.