If you happen to follow Lady Gaga on Twitter you may already know that the Marina Abramovic acolyte has just dropped a big Jeff Koons-related ball — gazing ball, that is. Gaga has unveiled the cover art for her forthcoming album “ARTPOP,” which features an original Koons sculpture of the pop star herself in a compromising position with a blue gazing ball reminiscent of those featured in his recent David Zwirner show.
The sculpture depicts Gaga nude in the “Birth of Venus” guise she’s been adopting lately — most recently in her performance at the MTV VMAs. In case the reference wasn’t obvious enough, Botticelli’s painting is also included — albeit in fractured fashion — in the background.
Gaga also tweeted that the sculpture will be up for auction soon: “There is also a surprise! The center image of me is a new Jeff Koons sculpture to be exhibited nov.10 at the artRAVE ARTPOP’s release party!”
Along with the art, Gaga tweeted a lyric from her recent single “Applause”: “One second I’m a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me!” Gaga, of course, is not the first pop superstar to suddenly find herself Koonsed. The artist famously created a gold ceramic sculpture of Michael Jackson and his monkey Bubbles in 1988.
— Ashton Cooper