Well, I guess I have to go ahead and post about this. Museworthy is first and foremost an art modeling blog and I try my best to stay on top of any “art modeling” stories that make it into news circulation. Yes I purposely put art modeling in quotes just there. Pop star Lady Gaga, she of the meat dress and horrible music, took part in a life drawing session with none other than Tony Bennett.
Gaga and Bennett recently recorded a duet of “The Lady is a Tramp” and have apparently become good friends. For his part, Tony Bennett has been a dedicated painter throughout his life. He is as passionate about it as he is about his singing career, perhaps more. For her part, Lady Gaga is a marginally talented, gimmick-laden, attention-starved exhibitionist who would probably shrivel up and die if her name wasn’t in the pop culture headlines at least once a week.
Am I coming across a little cynical? I apologize. Lady Gaga is no doubt a perfectly nice person with loads of class who takes very seriously her responsibility as a positive role model to her millions of impressionable young fans. I myself have not been able to get on the Gaga bandwagon. There are a couple of reasons for this. First, as someone who came of age in the early 1980s, I went through all this sex/shock/scandalous outfits/brash antics thing already, ad nauseum, with Madonna. So there’s kind of a “been there, done that” feeling going on with many of my generation. Wearing just a bra and panties in public? Replicating sex acts on stage? Yawn. Lame. That’s so 1985. What else you got?
The other reason I’ve not gotten on the Gaga bandwagon is that she sucks.
So now this creature from the Upper West Side is exploiting her fleeting foray into my profession and will no doubt be giving interview after interview in which she bullshits about how “nerve-wracking” it was to pose nude for art and what a “different” experience it was for her, yadda, yadda. Girl, please. You’re barely clothed most of the time, in front of the entire world. Spare us the phony bashful routine.
The full series of Tony Bennett Lady Gaga drawings will appear in the January issue of Vanity Fair, but one is circulating online as a teaser. It’s very good:
Let’s consider this this week’s Music Monday post and be done with it, ok? I’m going to go listen to some Nina Simone.