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Lady Gaga’s Artflop

by Hrag Vartanian on December 16, 2013

Lady Gaga in concert (photo via TJ Sengel's Flickstream)

Lady Gaga in concert (photo via TJ Sengel’s Flickstream)

The New York Post has this take on Lady Gaga’s flailing album Artpop, which is “on track to lose $25 million for her label, Interscope, prompting ­rumors of imminent layoffs.” Maureen Callahan opines:

And without anyone formidable to guide her, Lady Gaga, for the first time in her career, seems culturally tone-deaf, releasing an album that’s ostensibly about modern art — a “reverse Warholian expedition,” as Gaga so loftily describes it — to a public that doesn’t care.

The release party, dubbed an “artRave,” was held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and included installations by Jeff Koons (who did her album cover), Marina Abramovic and Robert Wilson. Members of Gaga’s audience defaced several sculptures by Koons, whose “Balloon Dog (Orange)” just sold at Christie’s for $58.4 million.

What … the public isn’t passionate about modern art? No shit.

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  • Shannon Gilbert

    It is very difficult for me to take lady gaga seriously assome sort of extension of the art world. She is a highly mainstream act, with very high production values. It may be theater, but it isn’t necessarily art. It would be better if she were totally culturally tone deaf, then art might be made. Hmmm. :(

  • Tom Kolbeck

    “Hey look, I’m extremely wealthy and have access to art superstars.” How is an audience supposed to react to that message and what is the intended outcome?

  • MissStef

    This whole ARTPOP era is like one, big Spinal Tap moment.

  • Apelles1

    Lady Gaga’s fan’s tagging of Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog says it all

  • filhoned

    Best pop record I have heard since Madonna’s first. Who cares about her public persona?

  • White box boy

    Gaga,DaDa,Nada- New York eats itself.

  • J andrewC

    Inagagadavida baby…it’s all snort and mirrors.
    stupid stupid stupid.

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