When art and music meet
Art is famous! Surely you’ve noticed that a growing number of renown celebrities from the music world and show business have been associating art to their image. Then there are other celebrities that actually make artworks of their own, which allows the dissemination of art among the media, confering it notoriety. However, the opposite has been happening too! The world of entertainment is very attractive and artists have realized that these collaborations and inputs from the musical world and entertainment can also be a very good way to see their work noticed.
Sculpturing with Hannah Montana
One of the best examples of fusion between the musical market and the artistic market is Miley Cyrus. This young woman, a pop music icon, is known for the irreverence of her performances and her “I don’t care attitude” and sticking tongues out, which defines her image as an artist. Still, last year Cyrus had her own exhibition that was part of Jeremy Scott’s show at New York Fashion Week, where everyone could see her “sculptures” made with various objects. Her last work was sold by 69$ooo which was donated to a charity institution. This piece from Miley consisted in three paintings/collages on a photograph of Caitlyn Jenner.
Gaga & Koons
Another pop music icon that also explores the horizons of art in innumerous ways, starting with her shows and even on the covers of her albums is Lady Gaga. Gaga collaborated with the artist Jeff Koons on the elaboration of the cover of her last alum “ARTPOP”. The artist immortalized Gaga’s figure in the shape of a sculpture, adding elements from Botticelli’s “Birth of Venus” and a lawn ornament between her legs. This partnership combined two iconic figures of the arts in one piece, and made their fame prevail. In Gaga’s words on her song “Applause”: “One second I’m a Koons fan, then suddenly the Koons is me”.
There is also the case of Jay-Z when he collaborated with the mother of performance, Marina Abramovic. The video of the song “Picasso baby” by Jay-Z was shoot at Pace Gallery in New York and was inspired on the work of the artist, more specifically on the piece “The Artist Is Present”. The video presents a panoply of artists, celebrities and important figures from the art world, such as Judd Apatow, Alan Cumming, Fab Five Freddy, George Condo, Rosie Perez, Jim Jarmusch, Taraji P. Henson, Adam Driver, Jemima Kirke, Cynthia Rowley, Michael K. Williams, the granddaughter of Pablo Picasso (Diana Widmaier) Picasso, Wale and, of course, Marina Abramović.
Therefore, there is a greater artistic presence on the work of these musicians which is always good for the art market because it ends up conferring it (to art) more importance and attention. Musicians embrace and engage with art and the artists embrace the entertainment world, thus enjoying the best of both worlds!