Like Madonna before her, Lady Gaga's craft is as much about celebrity and pop sensibilities as it is about crowd-pleasing dance anthems.
For the album art of her long-awaited ARTPOP, Gaga chose Jeff Koons to create the image that will encapsulate her latest incarnation. Like Koons' 1988 sculpture "Michael Jackson and Bubbles," his portrayal of Gaga is flattering, but in the context of banal parody. The sculpture imagines Gaga with long straight blonde hair, legs spread and a blue orb between them. The creation, like the pop singer's music, is equal parts familiar sensuality and bizarrely abandoned. Koons' sculpture is supposedly scheduled to be officially unveiled at the album's release party.
Before the image's release on Oct. 7, Gaga voiced her personal insecurities regarding Koons' depiction on Twitter: "I'm nervous and excited to share something that's such a piece of my heart. Something I cherish deeply. A real depiction of my mind through his."