Lady Gaga is sitting in her “sanctuary” -- the sprawling, olive tree-dotted backyard of her Malibu home -- when a silent, tie-clad man arrives with cocktails on a tray. “Thank you,” she says, with the sort of silver-screen elegance that it’s surprising a “dahhhling” doesn’t follow. “I might have busted my ass on the Lower East Side, but there is something nice about a good dirty martini.”There’s a chill in the air, and while she’s wearing only a tattered Springsteen tee tucked into high-waisted denim shorts, Gaga is intent on watching the sunset. These days, the woman born Stefani Germanotta seeks out serene moments -- although her admission that she “craves normalcy” is almost a revolutionary statement from someone who proudly declares that she deals in “the theater of the absurd.” As recently as 2014, the Grammy- and Guinness Record-stacking megastar, who has sold 10.4 … [Read more...] about Billboard Cover: Woman of the Year Lady Gaga’s Raw, Revealing Interview
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The protests started almost immediately after the presidential election. An artist named Annette Lemieux emailed the Whitney Museum and asked that her installation Left Right Left Right — a series of life-size photographs of raised fists turned into protest signs — be turned upside down. The artist Jonathan Horowitz and some friends started an Instagram feed called @dear_ivanka, attempting to directly appeal to the soon-to-be First Daughter and shame her into pushing her father away from the Bannonite brink. The artist Richard Prince refunded her money for a piece that she bought, then put out a statement that was intended to de-authenticate it. Sam Durant’s light-box sculpture, which read END WHITE SUPREMACY, was hoisted onto the façade of Paula Cooper Gallery in Chelsea (where it first appeared in the remarkably different context of Obama’s election in 2008), and another edition of it was set up by the gallery Blum & Poe to greet visitors at the Miami … [Read more...] about Is Political Art the Only Art That Matters Now?
I'm sitting across the table from a powerful LA publicist in a swanky hotel on Sunset Boulevard. We're discussing which films will be hot this autumn, while the waiter hovers ready to take our order. 'Hi, Renaldo,' says the publicist, 'I would like the organic greens, torn not chopped, do you know when they were harvested?' He doesn't. 'Then I would like the steamed vegetables, no peppers or tomatoes, make sure the pot is not aluminium, the whole-grain rice steamed, and a sealed bottle of organic rain water...' The publicist tells me that since she started eating 'live foods' - not, I hasten to add, meaning fish that still thrashes about on your plate, but a diet mainly consisting of raw vegetables, fruit, sprouts, soaked grains, seeds and nuts - she has cleansed her body of toxins and impurities, and now has so much energy she hikes before breakfast. I decline to ask what exactly it was she ate for breakfast, but I'm sure it wasn't a bowl of Coco Pops. In America, extreme fussiness … [Read more...] about Yellow is not the only colour