POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
I like Lady Gaga’s new single Bad Romance a lot more than I do her star performance in artist Francesco Vezzoli’s “The Shortest Musical You Will Never See Again.” Debuted this Saturday at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the piece included Gaga herself playing Damien Hirst’s rotating pink piano, a row of Russian Bolshoi ballet dancers wearing Frank Gehry Muccia Prada and Baz Luhrmann, and Vezzoli’s interpretive needle point. Admittedly I didn’t see the work in person, but from the documentation I’ve seen it would appear the piece offers all short lived interests of an all-star game — a lot of famous people, none of them at their best.
Presumably some time after the performance, The Wall Street Journal asked Gaga what art meant to her.
“For me, art is a lie, and the artists are there to create lies we kill when we make it true. Francesco and I were like warriors on stage, trying to make a true moment….Art is life, life is art -— the question is what came first?”
Or to put it another way, “Life isn’t meaningful unless we’re creating”? Anyone else care to take a stab at this? I feel like I’m reading tea leaves.