American Express has announced two new, limited edition card designs for the issuer’s flagship, The Platinum Card from American Express. The new card designs, available to Platinum Cardmembers from January 20, 2022, are part of a more extensive, arts-centric program from Amex that will see the company provide $1 million in funding to The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York.
Amex Introduces Two New Platinum Card Designs
American Express will give Platinum Cardholders exclusive access to two unique, limited-edition card designs beginning next year. The lender launched the new designs yesterday, collaborating with Harlem’s renowned gallery, The Studio Museum. The new card designs will be made available to Platinum Cardmembers beginning January 20, 2022, with the additional option available to stick with the current, classic, all-metal card design.
American Express’ new Platinum Card collaboration will see cardmembers gain access to two unique card designs from leading artists Julie Mehretu and Kehinde Wiley, both former participants in The Studio Museum’s distinguished Artists-in-Residence program.
Mehretu is a contemporary artist who specializes in abstract landscape paintings inspired by social movements, political injustice, and urban change. She is best-known for an 80-foot mural at the Goldman Sachs offices in New York City.
Kehinde Wiley, for his part, is a portrait artist who focuses on naturalistic yet vibrant depictions of influential Black men. Wiley’s best-known work is his 2018 painting of Barack Obama, currently residing in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.
Here are the new designs:
“Small-Scale Artistic Masterpieces”
“We can’t wait to give our cardmembers the opportunity to choose their favorite Platinum Card design – including small-scale artistic masterpieces they can now carry around in their wallet,” said Rafael Mason, Senior Vice President, U.S. Premium Products and Loyalty Programs at American Express in a press release. “We are also delighted to partner with the Studio Museum [in Harlem], which has had such a profound impact on the art world and on the artists who have participated in its residence program.”
Special Edition Amex Black Card
The new Amex Platinum Card designs follow on the heels of a unique, limited edition version of the Centurion Card (the famed Amex Black Card) for Dutch card members earlier this year. That promotion was part of an exclusive collaboration with Dutch conceptual artist and architect Rem Koolhaas.
About the Studio Museum
The Studio Museum is a Harlem museum created to help showcase artists of African descent. Originally opened in 1968, the Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program has supported over one hundred graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers, including Wiley and Mehretu.
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