So after our disscussion of Ms. Vanessa Beecroft, I decided to look up this lady. What I found amazed me and yet didn’t surprise me after our discussion today!
When typing in her name in the search engine, I found in the pull down menu, “Kanye West and Vanessa Beecroft.” Side note: I have an ultimate
secret guilty pleasure for listening to Kanye’s music and of course listening/watching to his antics. So when seeing this information I was in disbelief but intrigued.
I know that in our class discussion earlier, we all had varying opinions on Ms. Vanessa, especially this Vanessa right here. Some of my complaints of Beecroft is her generalization of her own artistic expression for lack of having an actual opinion and is trapped in the fashion ideals of today.
Back to the point: I found a 34 minute video called “Runaway” Directed by Kanye West AND Art Directed by Vanessa Beecroft. Being secretly obsessed with West and having an already negative opinion of Beecroft I decided to watch this video of “art and genius.”
WARNING ABOUT VIDEO: just to let you art folks know, this video is containing some naughty (severe) language and some female body forms. Also no obligation to watch, just for those who secretly want to watch it. ;)
http://vevo.ly/gC7iq9 <———here is the video.
Here is another link to the LA Times article discussing this interesting mash-up.
The article discusses that the video Runaway was made partially to promote Kanye’s album in 2010. Video stars his then fiancee (before the miracle baby of Kim Kardashian and West, but that guilty pleasure is for another day) as a Phoenix bird. The video has Beecroft’s obvious theme of masses of women standing around being “models.”
To quote the article:
“When Kanye contacted me a week ago, I was caught off guard,” said Beecroft, who has staged similar live-naked-ladies performances in front of art cognoscenti in Vienna, New York, Sydney and London (although none boasting the evening’s blaring pop-rap soundtrack that literally shook the building’s rafters). “But there were a few things about his album that touched my personal life. And we made it.”
West, whose default persona in his songs is nothing if not sexually liberated, chimed in: “As you can see, there’s a few things about Vanessa’s work that touched my personal life too.” He laughed and so did the crowd.
I was curious to know if this video or article changed anyone’s overall opinion of Beecroft? Does this validate her art form or does this just make her more commercial to you?
In my opinion, I think it’s interesting for an artist like Beecroft, influenced in fashion, would work with Kanye West, known as a fashion mogul and referred to as “genius.” Do you view this as art? or a different gussied up version of capitalism (knowing what sells)?