Lady Gaga started off the week with a big reveal when she revealed to her Little Monsters "a piece of her heart" through her [article id="1713343"]ARTPOP[/article] cover art.
The Jeff Koons-designed art features a nude sculpture of herself with a big, blue ball between her legs. It reads ARTPOP across the bottom and her name is also featured on the cover in big, pink lettering.
There are spliced-up images that serve as the background for the album cover, including pieces of Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," which she recreated in her [article id="1712597"]"Applause" video[/article].
The unveiling took place on her website and on billboards across the world. Shortly before it premiered, Gaga described it as "a piece of my heart. Something I cherish deeply. A real depiction of my mind through his." Of course, the Mother Monster famously refers to Koons on her album's [article id="1712366"]lead single, "Applause,"[/article] when she sings, "One second I'm a Koons, then suddenly the Koons is me."
Her collaboration with the famed artist will hardly end there. Gaga revealed that "the center image of me is a new Jeff Koons sculpture to be exhibited nov.10 at the [article id="1710440"]artRAVE ARTPOP's release party!"[/article]
There is also a surprise! The center image of me is a new Jeff Koons sculpture to be exhibited nov.10 at the artRAVE ARTPOP's release party!— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 7, 2013
I'm nervous&excited to share something that's such a piece of my heart. Something I cherish deeply. A real depiction of my mind through his.— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) October 7, 2013
The release party will not only include an appearance by Gaga, Koons and the statue, but also playwright/choreographer/painter Robert Wilson, performance artist Marina Abramovic and fashion photographers Inez and Vindooh, who directed the "Applause" music video.
On Tuesday, Gaga will release the [article id="1715104"]lyric video for "Aura"[/article]. The track will be featured on her November 11 album and the video is tied to the October 11 release of the new Robert Rodriguez movie, "Machete Kills," in which she makes her big-screen debut as the gun-slinging Lady Chameleon.