POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
LEFT: Lady Gaga, Bad Romance in Gossip Girl, 2009 RIGHT: Dana Karwas and Karla Karwas, Party Dress, January 30, 2008
Vagina lying (aka muffin bluffin) is a probably a strong way to put the variety of uncredited art influences that appear in Lady Gaga videos, but artists aren’t always happy to see permutations of their work show up on TV without their permission. Dana and Karla Karwas, for example, contacted me earlier this week, complaining that Gaga’s recent performance for Gossip Girl clearly drew on their Beverly Semmes like party dress with three ladders. This fall, Party Dress piece was exhibited at the Dumbo Art Under the Bridge Festival, amongst other venues.
I spotted at least a couple of less obvious Matthew Barney influences in the Bad Romance video itself, which made me think that a post about art inspired pop culture imagery was in order. A few highlights below:
LEFT: Twelve Monkeys still, RIGHT: Photograph by Lebbeus Woods. Image via: Life Without Buildings
Dana Karwas pointed me to the two part image above. According to Life Without Buildings blogger Jimmy Stamp, Lebbeus Woods sued Universal Pictures for their unauthorized use of the image and won. He allowed the studio to use the image, but took the financial settlement, which Stamp suggests was significant.
RIGHT: Showgirls, LEFT: Tono Stano, The Sense, 1992
There’s no controversy to this story: MGM Studios bought Tono Stano’s image and then used it in their cult classic film Showgirls.
So far as I can tell there’s no real copyright issue here, but obviously an influence. I would guess Spears’ producers aren’t the only creatives who have drawn from Longo’s Men in The Cities.
LEFT: Lady Gaga, Poker Face, 2009, RIGHT: Eve Sussman/The Rufus Corporation, Rape of the Sabine Woman, 2007, video
Speaking to the subject of the influence of waring figures in suits, given the number of images I’ve seen exploring this subject, I’m inclined to call the phenomenon a genre. I’m sure there are at least a few scenes readers could add to the list.