Lady Gaga awoke yesterday and calculated decided to share the name of her new album with the world … lucky us …
Some peculiar things end up in our inbox on a daily basis but this one stood out. Performance artist Colette has staged a strange protest against Lady Gaga at Barney’s Lady Gaga windows.
High fashion used to be the terrain of the elite and fashion shows once welcomed only editors, buyers and VIPs but the internet has changed all that.
Has she no decency? At long last, has she no decency? The transgressive, titillating performance artist Karen Finley was denied a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1990 because the language and content in her work was deemed “indecent.” Along with three other artists she became part of the infamous Supreme Court case The National Endowment for the Arts v. Karen Finley, which culminated in the discontinuation of individual artist grants. In her interview with Hyperallergic, Finley reflects on the past of New York City, the state of women in the arts, Lady Gaga and more.
The boys had their turn traipsing down the runways of Paris and Milan last month for the major fashion houses’ offerings at the Spring 2012 Menswear collections. And the more one looks at the clothes, the more they can be seen in relation to another medium: sculpture.
David Lachapelle has returned to his career. Much like the similarly-named Dave Chapelle, Lachapelle retreated to a farm after his documentary Rize flopped. But evidently nature wasn’t quite thrilling enough for him, and so he’s back in New York, with a retrospective at the Michelman Gallery and a show of new work at Lever House. I attended Lachapelle’s talk on his new exhibition at the Michelman Gallery, a retrospective of early works from the 1980s. Lachapelle spoke thoughtfully, choosing his words slowly and with great care for how each phrase would be perceived (a good choice, given the reaction to his recent New York Times profile). He was gracious, soft-spoken and polite. The gallery’s tiny audience hung on to his every word. I did not. I fell asleep.
You may have heard that James Franco and Lady Gaga are performance artists, that their careers themselves are art objects built up over a lifetime. You may also believe that your Uncle Bob farting the alphabet is performance art. And maybe it is! Really, it’s up to you, there’s no quick and easy chart to tell what is performance art and what isn’t. Nevertheless, there are a few guidelines to follow when defining performance, in the context of the medium’s history as well as its current practice. Despite what you’ve heard, there are good reasons that getting carried into the Grammys in an egg isn’t really an act of performance art.
This month we add another 20 to the growing list of the Powerless 20 we published last year to mark the painful rite of passage that is Art Review’s hilarious Power 100 list.
Here’s to hoping you’re not on it!
This story keeps getting better and better … first, PS1 chief curator Klaus Biesenbach told David Byrne that Lady Gaga wasn’t an artist, then Byrne retracted the quote, and now today, tweeter @JackRicofficial spotted Biesenbach giving what appears to be a tour of the Museum of Modern Art to Lady Gaga.
It is a sad day for pole dancers, and those who appreciate them, in New York state. This from the New York Law Journal: “We question how much planning goes into attempting a dance seen on YouTube,” the tax appeals panel concluded …
Today, David Byrne backtracked on his blog about his statement that Biesenbach told him that Lady Gaga wasn’t an artist … but the reason doesn’t seem clear …
David Byrne wrote, “At a recent art world dinner Biesenbach mentioned to me that he’d crossed paths with Lady Gaga, who said that she felt she was a performance artist — or an artist of some sort. Biesenbach responded that she was not ” … oh, snap!