Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Art Review: Lady Gaga An Artist?

For nearly two years, I've written a weekly Sunday Art Review post. For each installment, I select a theme or attempt to represent a different genre or medium of art. Of course art is by its very nature is highly subjective. We all vary in our preferences, and to be sure people disagree on what should be considered art. Surely everyone would agree that paintings and sculpture are considered art; but what about tapestry, photography, dance, fashion, blown glass, acting or music? Dictionary.com defines art as: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance; any field using the skills or techniques of art. I thought it might be interesting to push the envelope a bit this week and use pop music artist Lady Gaga as an example of a modern day artist. As a newcomer to the commercial music industry, I'm certainly not suggesting she is the most talented music artist; Gaga has a limited body of work still. Yet she distinguished herself among a very crowded playing field of sameness. She has an individualistic style which she expresses in sometimes shocking but an always interesting manner. Like other contemporary music artists, she understands the importance of her look as much as her voice and lyrics. This was the inspiration for this week's Sunday Art Review: Lady Gaga An Artist? Whether you know (or like)her music, take a look at these images and decide if you think she is expressing herself in a more than ordinary manner. She may not have the voice of Sarah Brightman but she has a style all her own. See for yourself:

above: the many faces of Lady Gaga. Her cutting edge fashion helps define her music


above: At an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres show, Lady Gaga donned her now famous "orbit hat" that rotated and swiveled as she moved. She certainly made a statement with it.

The Lady Gaga Package




And Now Check Out Her Music from this YouTube clip:


And so, what do you think, could Lady Gaga be considered art? The Sunday Art Review is intended to make you think now and then, so I hope to hear your opinions with a comment.
-Rick Rockhill

10 comments:

Sheila said...

Good question, Rick. I'd say Lady Gaga is art. Not likely an enduring sort, but art nonetheless. I don't think I would have ever been exposed to her work without your help (sorry for the bad pun, which did seem appropriate given the racy YouTube). I think her music is great dance music.

Mona said...

I saw her perform at the American Idol show. I like her singing too!

lime said...

i figure if a crucifix in a jar of urine can be considered art the field is wiiiiiide open. ;)

that aside, sure, lady gaga is a form of art. again as you said, not everyone might enjoy her but i reckon she qualifies. catchy tunes too.

W.O.T.E. said...

I'mm goo-goo for Ga-Ga! She actually has a set of pipes, unlike most mix board singers these days.

jackie said...

nice build to a point on the topic today. I hadn't really thought about the breadth of art mediums, but certainly as you suggest it should include music. Lady gaga is an interesting character, reminds me of madonna when she first came out, very ground breaking, unique and innovating. Once I got past the point of thinking madonna was trashy, I realized she was in fact an artist. The same holds true for lady gaga.

Cellie said...

Lady Gaga is amazing :D

Kathy said...

Can't say I've ever heard her music and have only heard others mention her name. I wonder, after seeing your photos, if real talent needs the outlandish to call attention to it.

grace said...

I don't know that I would consider her Art, per say. But an artist - yes. I could be considered an artist, with what I do with hair. So we are all artists in our own way.
I think she adds a nice new refreshness to the music scene. It was all sounding the same.

Lois Grebowski said...

I'm with Lime on this one.

Real Live Lesbian said...

Oh, I do think so.

We were just talking about her this weekend. She is clever, too. Very retro with her style and reminds me of the 80s with her gay club mix style of music!

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