Our Lord and Savior Godga did not forsake us when she released Artpop. In fact, she birthed a piece of celestial magic condensed into an artistic masterpiece that will spark dialogue among art and music historians for decades to come.
Don't believe me? Read on.
1. Artpop was a project, not just an album.
2. The ArtRave launch party was a huge artistic and logistical feat.
3. During the Artpop era, Gaga flexed her art history muscles, referencing Renaissance-era art and Greco-Roman classicism.
4. Artpop was meant to leave a lasting mark on how pop culture and the art world interact, but it was widely misinterpreted and unfairly stacked up against other pop albums that weren't even comparable.
5. Jeff Koons designed the Artpop album cover, a collage of Bernini's Apollo and Daphne, Botticelli's The Birth of Venus, and Koons' own Gazing Ball, another example of pop culture meshing with art.
6. Gaga pushed sexual boundaries yet again with the power anthem for all power-bottoms: "G.U.Y."
7. Speaking of "G.U.Y.," remember the visually stunning, thematically complex, groundbreaking "G.U.Y." music video?
8. The people who said Artpop was a bad album must've seriously been sleeping on this video. So many iconic moments, like when Gaga brought John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Gandhi, and Jesus back from the dead.
9. And then used their DNA to make an army of clones to overthrow powerful executives, a metaphor for how she shaped the media landscape to create a market for her music, rather than adjusting to the market.
10. Oh, and the cameos. Like when Andy Cohen appeared out of the sky as Zeus, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills low-key showed up as Gaga's backup band.
11. With "Donatella," Gaga made a feminist social critique, arguing that you can be feminine and extravagant, while also being a multifaceted, intelligent HBIC.
12. Gaga jam-packed the "Applause" music video with cultural references, like this homage to Alexander McQueen and the Greek myth of Icarus.
13. And her "Applause" video black skullcap look wasn't just meant to be artsy and chic — it's a reference to the character of Death in Ingmar Bergman's 1957 film The Seventh Seal, and the cultural archetype of the "jester."
14. There are also a TON of references to this artistic movement from the early 1900s called German Expressionism.
15. But Artpop isn't just obscure references and metaphors. Case in point: that one bomb-ass song about hooking up with someone while thinking about someone else.
16. With Artpop, Gaga basically said "fuck you" to the music industry — but always kept her fans in mind.
17. So, actually, the Artpop era was just one big performance.
18. Okay, I know what you might be thinking: "Fine, but it's still just a bad album." Well, I have one final counterpoint...
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN.
Mahatma Gandhi's name was misspelled in an earlier version of this post.