In the October issue of ELLE, Lady Gaga revealed that Jeff Koons has created a sculpture of her for the cover of ARTPOP (out November 11), which is being revealed right now on Clear Channel Outdoor digital billboards and screens in 18 cities worldwide (and online at LadyGaga.com). In July, she also announced collaborations with Inez & Vinoodh, Robert Wilson, and Marina Abramovic to be a part of her artRave on November 10 and overall "reverse Warholian expedition."
On Saturday, October 5, Gaga deleted her Twitter avatar and tweeted teaser images resembling Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, confirming our suspicions that Koons' obsession with Venus as "the continuum of life energy" has rubbed off on Gaga.
Of the collaboration, Gaga says, “Having Jeff create something for ARTPOP was a dream come true, and a very emotional experience. He has given me the greatest gift." Earlier today, she also tweeted that the sculpture in the cover will be shown on November 10 at the ARTPOP release party:
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!— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 7, 2013
Please welcome Jeff Koons into our family +shower him with love for the the talents he has shared with us. A pure and genuine collaborator.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 7, 2013
I'm nervous&excited to share something that's such a piece of my heart. Something I cherish deeply. A real depiction of my mind through his.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 7, 2013
UPDATE 1:30 P.M. ET: Lady Gaga tweeted the final version of the album cover.
UPDATE 1:28 P.M. ET IN TIMES SQUARE (THE COVER): Looks like Jeff Koons depicted Lady Gaga birthing a gazing ball in front of a collage featuring Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.
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