October 10, 2013

MTV: Lady Gaga Unveils ARTPOP Cover— Will It Make Her Forever 'Iconic'?

In her ARTPOP single "Applause," Lady Gaga sings: "One second I'm a Koons fan, then suddenly the Koons is me" — a statement that came true when she revealed her album art Monday (October 7).

The Jeff Koons-designed cover features a statue of Gaga created by the artist, immortalizing Mother Monster in his art. This team-up proves Gaga isn't just a "flash in the pan," curator and Koons scholar Lynne Warren told MTV News.

"Jeff is very — he just has this sort of laser sense about popular culture," Warren told MTV News. Unlike Andy Warhol, who was prone to depicting those who enjoyed the proverbial "15 minutes of fame" in his art, Warren said that Koons is more discerning about his subjects. Example? Koons also created a statue of King of Pop Michael Jackson in the late '80s.

"Jeff seems to have really good senses to choose people who are not only at the height of their careers, but are going to be iconic," Warren said. "They won't be remembered just because he made art out of them, they will be remembered on for their own contributions. He must feel like Lady Gaga is not going to be a flash in the pan."

Gaga revealed the art — which features a nude statue of the singer surrounded by a deconstructed image of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," a shiny lawn ornament between her legs — on her website and billboards around the world. The statue will make its debut on November 10 at an ARTPOP album release party.

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