Andy Warhol once said that in the future, we’d all be famous for 15 minutes – but then, the man that popularized Pop art never met pop provocateur Lady Gaga, who’s coming up on five years in the pop culture spotlight.
It’s no secret that the singer takes many cues from Warhol (and is openly a huge fan of his); nowhere is this admiration more on display than her fourth album, titled ARTPOP.
Gaga has said of the title, “For ARTPOP, I instantly had an initial cosmetic experience with words, so I spent some time reflecting on exactly what it is that I wanted to say. When I’m thinking about the title for an album, I think about the marketing, I think about the cultural implication of the words, what the words mean. How the words will change the meaning after the music has been put out as well as the visuals. I spent some time and I kept seeing those two words, “art” and “pop,” put together in a reverse way, instead of Pop Art, which is the way I had always seen it. And then quite quickly, the more work that I did, ARTPOP became something that had a nice ring, you know?”
The Pop Art/ARTPOP similarities don’t end there. Take our quiz below and guess which quotes belong to the woman behind ARTPOP and which belong to the man behind Pop Art.
1.) Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.
2.) I think everybody should like everybody.
3.) What I’ve discovered is that in art, as in music, there’s a lot of truth-and then there’s a lie. The artist is essentially creating his work to make this lie a truth, but he slides it in amongst all the others.
4.) I like boring things.
5.) I think that the world has fallen into a very interesting trap, where people look at visuals in such a rudimentary way, they are not approaching them in a complex way. So what happens is that everything becomes nothing. Everything that we review means nothing anymore because nobody is able to look at anything with any sort of artistic eye, to find the complexity behind it.
6.) I had a lot of dates but I decided to stay home and dye my eyebrows.
7.) What I have tried endlessly to become through my work is a celebration of my differences through art, with myself as the canvas, as opposed to me as the subject matter, being put on the canvas.
8.) I never think that people die. They just go to department stores.
9.) I’m quite excited to get into an artistic conversation. An artist is the only thing I want to be.
10.) I believe in low lights and trick mirrors.
11.) I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re beautiful. Everybody’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.
12.) I don’t like Los Angeles. The people are awful and terribly shallow, and everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to play the game.
13.) [My work] is an exchange between two artists, one from the sphere of pop, the other of art, that results in a true meeting of the minds, one where art is put in the front.
14.) I cannot bear the cameras.
15.) I’m not the exhibitionist the articles try to make me out as.
16.) Nothing changes except that I just become more excited and more hungry to make more and to challenge my mind….We’re not in the age anymore where you can put the shovel in the wall and call it art. It’s over.
Lady Gaga: 3,5,7,9,12,13,14,16