If you continue using this website, we assume that you accept the use of first and third party cookies including the collection of access data, web analytics, social connection and behavioural advertising. More information & how to change your configuration: please read our cookies policy.

News

  • Jeff Koons posing with his sculpture “Balloon Dog (Blue)” at the Kunsthaus in Bregenz, Austria. © Reuters

  • Jeff Koons’s “Gazing Ball (Ariadne),” at David Zwirner Gallery. © Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times

  • Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog sculpture on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, April 2008. © Getty

Add Your Comment

Click here to log-in now and post a comment.

Jeff Koons and Lady Gaga collaborate for the Artpop album cover

In a perfect blending between art and music, Lady Gaga recently revealed the cover of her Artpop album that is a collaboration with well known artist Jeff Koons. The cover features a sculpture depicting a naked Gaga cupping her breasts, alluding to Koons’ famous Woman in tube sculpture, with a gazing ball between her legs. In the background we can see an impressive collage, featuring fragments from Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne. As Koons recently revealed in an interview for MTV, he chose the gazing ball, which was also present in his recent show at the David Zwirner Gallery this summer, because it becomes a kind of symbol for everything and its reflecting qualities affirm one’s existence. Apollo, the Greek god of music, symbolizes the continuous change since whenever Apollo would perform music he would transcend, he would change; his being would become more feminine, and that’s the transcendence that one can experience through art and life. Finally, Venus represents, as Koons points out, the nature of the continuation of life’s energy and the pursuit and the enjoyment of aesthetics and beauty.

Gaga is transformed in the hands of Jeff Koons into a modern incarnation of the goddess of beauty and fertility, a cybersex divinity for the new millennium. She had already warned us in her Applause single with a lyrics line “One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me”, which reflects perfectly the blurred lines between art and reality. In addition to their Artpop collaboration, Koons also created a giant sculpture, similar to the one appearing on the cover, as well as series of new sculptures for Gaga’s recent artRAVE show at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The show also featured new works from Marina Abramovic, Inez & Vinoodh and Robert Wilson. We don’t know if Gaga’s artistic vision will stay intact in the near future, one thing is for sure though: she has already managed to become an art piece by herself and this is definitely a turning point in her career.