Miley Cyrus is Already At The Party

Smart and talented people I know were up in arms this week about pop singer Miley Cyrus’ foray into contemporary art. With an article in a magazine no one had ever heard of, Ms. Cyrus managed to push our buttons yet again.

Lee Puffer "Miss La Mesa" 2011. Private collection.

Lee Puffer “Miss La Mesa” 2011. Private collection.

Miley Cyrus at NYFW 2014

Miley Cyrus at NYFW 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like MC. I like her fearlessness. I like that she creates controversy and conversation. I like her work with homeless youth. I like her honesty. She’s polarizing because she mirrors our junk-filled-celebrity-obsessed society. When we look in that mirror we seldom like what we see.

Miley Cyrus sculpture from "Dirty Hippie" courtesy of V Magazine

Miley Cyrus sculpture from “Dirty Hippie” courtesy of V Magazine

Takashi Murakami panel. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, NY.

Takashi Murakami panel. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery, NY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miley Cyrus makes sculpture now and we might as well get used to it. Perhaps it makes us uncomfortable because the work itself bears a closer –than-comfortable resemblance to bona fide contemporary art.

Miley Cyrus sculpture from "Dirty Hippie" courtesy of V Magazine.

Miley Cyrus sculpture from “Dirty Hippie” courtesy of V Magazine.

Nick Cave "Soundsuit" nickcaveart.com

Nick Cave “Soundsuit” nickcaveart.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is MC’s work shallow and derivative? Yes, but she is a beginner. We were all there once. When she says “I had a bunch of fucking junk and shit, and so instead of letting it be junk and shit, I turned it into something that made me happy.” Well, I think we can all relate to that.

Miley Cyrus sculpture from "Dirty Hippie" courtesy of V Magazine

Miley Cyrus sculpture from “Dirty Hippie” courtesy of V Magazine

Jessica Stockholder sculpture. jessicastockholder.info

Jessica Stockholder sculpture. jessicastockholder.info

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