Some peculiar things end up in our inbox on a daily basis but this one stood out. Performance artist Colette, who most of us who weren’t around in the 1970s and 80s haven’t heard of, has staged a strange protest against Lady Gaga at the Lady Gaga windows at Barney’s. Colette seems to think Gaga was influenced by her.
I don’t know Colette’s work enough to make any judgments on her claim but the direct relationship isn’t evident at first.
While browsing Colette’s website a few things (not necessarily related to Gaga) stood out:
- The URL is odd but playful: www.collectcolette.com
- “In 1978, the artist staged her own death in an installation performance at the Downtown Whitney, entitled ‘The Last Stitch’ and resurrected as Justine, who posed as an entrepreneur and marketed Colette’s vision and image.”
- She has six separate personas.
- Jeffrey Deitch wrote something in her 1981 monograph. These are some of what he has written (though I haven’t been able to independently verify any of it):
- “Colette’s has entered her fantasies to create a phenomenon that’s art fashion theater and attitude.”
- “As Colette has become increasingly renowned in art circles, she has watched her ideas filter into the products of designers, decorators, and others in the commercial world…the beautiful dreamer has become a ‘Reverse-Pop’ artist, exploring the channeling of art ideas through commercial media instead of framing commercial images for art world consumption.”
- She has done a series of street performances in the 1970s and 80s.
- She has a YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/colettetheartist
- And she even has a gift shop.
Anyway, watch the video and see for yourself. I’m guessing she’s itching for a come back. And considering her CV and the contemporary interest in performance, I’d be surprised if she doesn’t get one.