Will Gaga's new project live up to these avant-pop crossovers?
Last night, at a private dinner at New York's Gagosian Gallery, Lady Gaga announced details of her forthcoming ARTPOP campaign. We'll be getting the first single on August 19, the full album release on November 11 and an accompanying app. Apparently it's a "reverse Warholian expedition" and there will also be an exhibition called artRave on November 10 to include collaborations with Marina Abramović, Inez & Vinoodh, Robert Wilson and Jeff Koons. In celebration of all this, we look back on our favourite ten moments when Art and Pop collided.
JAY-Z & MARINA ABRAMOVIC
This week Jay-Z tried his hand at an Abramović-styled performance piece at Chelsea's PACE Gallery with six hours of rapping as Abramović stomped out her territory and Jigga name-dropped Rothko, Warhol, Basquiat and something about Picasso’s baby.
KANYE WEST & TAKASHI MURAKAMI
Kanye West employed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami’s manga-ized artistic touch to give himself a contemporary Japanese edge. His infatuation for all things robotic, cute and Japanese sounded as though it were a trying time for poor old Murakami. "It was difficult," the artist said, "because every week, Kanye has new ideas. Always changing, changing, changing."
SWIZZ BEATS & DAMIEN HIRST
Producer Swizz Beatz and Damien Hirst were recently seen casually hanging out together. Swizz apparently sees himself as a romantic artist who wants to try it all. Producer, designer and now artist. The two spent time taking cute Instagram shots and making a humble little spin painting.
YOKO ONO & OPENING CEREMONY
Yoko Ono has collaborated with everyone and their prize pooch – from clothing label Opening Ceremony to music with Sonic Youth, denim with Momotaro and just about any gallery that will allow her to stand in a space screaming her tits off. She’s one of the pioneers of the crossover.
DARREN ARONOFSKY & RODARTE
Director Darren Aronofsky looked to Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte to style his dark fantasia Black Swan. The designer siblings are diehard horror movie buffs, and their ethereal aesthetic lent a dreamy noir to the movie.
ANDY WARHOL & SUPERSTARS
Pop Art king Andy Warhol is responsible for some of the world’s greatest pairings. Warhol's Superstars like Viva, Candy Darling and Edie Sedgwick were a bunch of club kids and personalities born out of Warhol’s collaborative efforts. Debbie Harry was painted and played with, and once he made Nico cry because her singing was too loud…and German.
COURTNEY LOVE & DAVID LACHAPELLE
It’s hard to look at David Lachapelle and Courtney's match-up positively when the title of their collaboration is “Mentoring Courtney Love”. The musician and the artist came together to make a really depressing and super grunged-out exhibition that unfortunately looks like a high school, angst-ridden art show.
BJORK & BIOPHILIA
With a pioneering app designed by interactive artist Scott Snibbe, Björk's Biophilia project saw her perhaps more collaborative than ever. M/M Paris and Inez & Vinoodh collaborated on rendering the Icelandic polymath as a cyber Earth Mother for the artwork, while "Ultimate Art Edition" of Biophilia included 10 chromed tuning forks to correspond to the album's tracks. Yours for a casual $812.
ALICE COOPER & SALVADOR DALI
The pairing of Alice Cooper and surrealist Salvador Dali might not be so unlikely. Back in 1973 the two ate together, drank together and shared a melding of minds which resulted in the first Cylindric Chromo-Portrait of Alice Cooper's Brain. They made a hologram together, but it was the 70s, so I guess that’s something?
STANLEY DONWOOD & THOM YORKE
Artist Stanley Donwood was approached by Thom Yorke of Radiohead to illustrate his moody album covers and is credited as one of the band's secret members. The pair have continued to work with each other, having created a ten-foot canvas titled “Business School for the Dead” – as a political protest, obviously.