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Katy Perry

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Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Cupcake Katy
Pop star Katy Perry (born Katheryn Hudson, 1984) collaborated with painter Will Cotton on the design of the world featured in her “California Gurls” video. Cotton’s work, which draws on art-historical sources to explore consumer culture, caught Perry’s eye. The artist felt an affinity for Perry as well, describing her as just the kind of subject he wanted to paint: “She’s over-the-top, she’s very sugary, saccharine.” Here, Cotton presents her in a dress by designer Cynthia Rowley. Perry’s cheeky pose, wry expression, and flawless appearance playfully hint at the paradoxes she straddles. Crafty and self-aware, she acknowledges that “everything I do is always with a wink.” The provocative teenage icon, chart-topping singer, and savvy businesswoman began her career singing gospel music as the daughter of Pentecostal pastors. She is the only artist after Michael Jackson to produce five number-one hits from a single album, in this case Teenage Dream (2010).
Cupcake Katy
La estrella pop Katy Perry (nacida Katheryn Hudson) colaboró con el pintor Will Cotton en el diseño del mundo que ambienta su video “California Gurls”. A Perry le había llamado la atención el trabajo de Cotton, quien se inspira en elementos de la historia del arte para explorar la cultura del consumo. Por su parte, el artista dijo sentir afinidad con Perry, a quien describió como el tipo exacto de modelo que desearía pintar: “Es exagerada, azucarada, melosa”. Aquí Cotton la presenta con un vestido de la diseñadora Cynthia Rowley. La pose jocosa de Perry, su expresión irónica y su arreglo impecable apuntan con humor a las paradojas que navega la cantante. Astuta y consciente de sus habilidades, Perry reconoce que “todo lo que hago es siempre con un guiño”. La icónica cantante se encuentra en el tope de las listas de éxitos y es una empresaria sagaz, aunque su carrera comenzó en la música religiosa, pues sus padres son pastores pentecostales. Es la única artista, después de Michael Jackson, que ha logrado el primer lugar en las listas de éxitos con cinco sencillos de un mismo disco, en este caso Teenage Dream (2010).
Artist
Will Cotton, born 1965
Sitter
Katy Perry, born 25 Oct 1984
Date
2010
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the James F. Dicke Family
Medium
Oil on linen
Dimensions
Frame: 168.3 × 102.6 × 5.7cm (66 1/4 × 40 3/8 × 2 1/4")
Stretcher: 165.1 × 99.1cm (65 × 39")
Type
Painting
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Object number
C/NPG.2015.135
Title
Cupcake Katy
Topic
Indeterminable
Allegorical
Katy Perry: Female
Katy Perry: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Pop
Portrait
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York\Manhattan Island
Restrictions & Rights
© 2010, Will Cotton