Lady Gaga reveals smudged paintbox makeup for new single Applause

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Lady Gaga is taking the ARTPOP theme seriously, with smeared Pierrot style makeup

Lady Gaga Applause single cover

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For her first ARTPOP album single Applause, Lady Gaga is taking the art meets music theme somewhat seriously, by smearing paint all across her made-up face.

Echoing Pierrot pantomime makeup, Gaga's artwork shows her peeping through white decorator-style curtains, with shades of blue, red and yellow smudged all over her white canvas.

Talking to WWD about the new single and its accompanying cover, due to be released 19 August, the singer cryptically said (when asked to explain the image), "I want to know. What do you see? I need to get your reading first otherwise it's not art."

Though she did later offer an explanation, it seems that Gaga is as Gaga as ever, and set to cause just as much chaos on the fashion and music scene as we're probably all hoping for.

"It's the end of the night after the show," she finally said of the image. "When I look at it I see that there is a longing for the applause.

"I see that there is a void that is leaking onstage, that the performer is leaking, that the art is sort of becoming something else in front of your eyes. Something more human, something more honest."

So folks, what do you see? You have to tell us, otherwise it's not art!

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