Lady Gaga, Artpop album cover
On November 6th, 2013, Lady Gaga released the album Artpop, which prior to its release, the star told MTV she wanted to mirror “a night at the club.” Despite relatively mediocre sales, both singles—“Applause” and “Do What U Want”—have definitely been played at certain clubs, though probably not at the same clubs where Gaga is used to her hits being in rotation. Ironically, “Applause” is perhaps her best song to date, reminiscent of a glammed-out Annie Lennox, but it certainly breaks the mold of the watered down Euro trance thumpers she became famous for as a runway-styled Butoh cyborg character just a few years ago. And now, the girls and the gays alike seem to be bored with her.
"It is extremely dubious to propose or believe that only those who are 25 or younger are the most inspiring protagonists of any generation."
Sharp and informative, this killer essay by KJV peels back the opaque, thin veneer of art celebrity culture.
“Take me to the place I love / Take me all the way” – Anthony Kiedis
Red Hot Chili Peppers, “Under The Bridge,” 1992
It’s 2013, going on 2014. Every artist, critic, or curator seems to have something to say about the endless ways in which the Internet and social media are affecting how artists, especially young artists, are now making art, seeing art, thinking about art, and disseminating art. Often, when reading a new article or essay, or going to a lecture or panel discussion directly or indirectly about or related to “Internet Art,” “Post-Internet Art,” or even the way in which abstract painting looks different on an Apple product than in a gallery, it is near impossible not to get bored or annoyed. Any critically engaged member of society understands the effect the Internet has had on the world; therefore, any critically engaged artist, curator, critic, dealer, or collector surely must understand the effect the Internet has had on the art world. Yet despite the consensus that the art world is shifting because of it, few have written or spoken about the matter in a very concise, direct, and expository manner.