Artpop meets Popart in the mighty maze of mystic magic mirrors
Lady Gaga’s third studio album is due for release on 11 November 2013. (You can be sure the 11 11 timing was no coincidence and is probably conducted with military precision). The concept album that wants to be an artistic movement borrows heavily from its inverted predecessor Pop Art.
Gaga described the album as being a “reverse Warholian experience.” The Warholian experience is a direct reference to artist Andy Warhol, whose philosophy was to take popular things and make them art. Gaga’s goal with ARTPOP is to do the opposite of this.
Whether it’s pop imitating art or art imitating pop, recurring themes appear in both genres including Mickey Mouse, Marilyn Monroe, butterflies, and pseudo-occult symbols as well as the focus on primary colours.