SFW Version: Lady Gaga goes nude for art
Just when you think you've seen it all from Lady Gaga ... she is, literally, letting fans see it all!
The superstar's latest eyebrow-raising antic is a video clip in which she appears completely nude. Yep, 100% without clothing.
Gaga being Gaga, however, this bit of non-work-safe clippage is, of course, performed with an artistic mission in mind. In this case, it's her alliance with Marina Abramovic, a pioneering performance artist whose work has made headlines since the 1970s.
The method is described as "a series of exercises designed to heighten participants' awareness of their physical and mental experience in the present moment."Aside from being, well, naked -- and we do mean full frontal, here -- Gaga arouses interest and mystery by donning a horned mask, wading in a river, cuddling up with a giant crystal rock, and singing a sustained "A" throughout the 2-minute clip.
Abramovic's long career in performance art has included numerous works in which she pushes the limitations of physical pain and endurance.
Gaga came to see this particular performance; and according to Abramovic, the singer's attendance greatly increased awareness of and the audience for performance art.
"The public who normally don’t go to the museum, who don’t give a s**t about performance art or don’t even know what it is, started coming because of Lady Gaga," she noted.
Last month, Abramovic launched a Kickstarter campaign for her Marina Abramovic Institute, which aims to instruct in "the presentation and preservation of long durational work." More than $250k has been pledged to date.Wendy Gellar writes for Yahoo! Music