On her Facebook page, Lady Gaga wrote that “Artpop” would be released with an app that she described as “a musical and visual engineering system that combines music, art, fashion and technology with a new interactive worldwide community — ‘the auras.’ ” She went on, “Altering the human experience with social media, we bring art culture into pop in a reverse Warholian expedition.”
Even the Wife, a Lady Gaga fan, could not make head nor tails of that statement. That quote is from Jon Pareles' article/review of Ms Germanotta's latest multimedia/social networking/album, Artpop.
Here is the link to that.
I also happened to notice that Ms Germanotta has collaborated with choreographer/director/performance artist legend, Robert Wilson. Well, dang! I propose that Wilson and Ms Germanotta should one up Mr Wilson's the CIVIL warS: a tree is best measured when it is down and do a twenty four hour long Mega ArtPopera!
That is what the world is waiting for.
Meanwhile, also in the the same NYT Sunday Arts & Leisure section, there was a marvelous article by Alistair Macaulay, celebrating the twenty fifth anniversary of Mark Morris' L'Allegro. I have not had the good fortune to see the entire ballet, just pieces of it, and will make a point of seeing it the next time I get the opportunity.
Morris is a god to me, and I actually have met him before. This would be about 2001 or 2002, and he was directing an opera in the City. He came by the store and I sold him some Manchego cheese. He was staying with a friend in Walnut Creek, he told me.
He was obviously very flattered to be recognized, and he was ever so sweet.
He is not really known for bringing art culture into pop in a reverse Warholian expedition, but I love him and his work just the same.