W to Pouting Kim: It Was Art! Magazine responds to nude cover controversy By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Feb 2, 2011 10:13 AM CST 3 comments Comments Kim Kardashian is shown on the cover of W magazine. (W magazine) (Newser) – Poor Kim Kardashian’s nude W magazine spread made her cry—and now the mag responds, albeit vaguely. The cover, as part of the November Art Issue, “was conceived as an artistic collaboration with well-known artist Barbara Kruger, and was a meditation on the influence that reality TV has on contemporary culture,” a spokesperson says in a statement to New York. “The inside portfolio documented the career and power of Kim Kardashian as a work of art.” So … don’t cry? Click here for background.