Da Vinci and Michaelangelo might’ve defined the renaissance with artwork nobody could touch, but today’s musical artists are also making iconic visuals that are definitely worthy of hanging in a gallery. And we are here for it.
Over the weekend, Ariana Grande blessed us with a music video for her latest single “God Is A Woman.” The pop singer beats the patriarchy with various religious and artistic allusions that are OMG-worthy. The celestial imagery feature Grande immersed in wet paint resembling vulva, at the colossal gates of female legs, sitting suggestively at the centre of the universe, and finally, Madonna’s epic recital.
But Ariana isn’t the only avant-garde musician making art-werk. Shifting from Renaissance men to our contemporary divine feminine, take a look at some music videos that deserve to be framed:
Beyoncé and Jay-Z are legendary in their viral video for “Apeshit,” depicted at the Louvre. Mona Lisa and other high-profile art pieces make a cameo as The Carters shut down the museum with trap beats and back up dancers. Apparently, life imitates art because a 90-minute tour is now available at the Louvre where you can visit all 17 of the featured works in the video.
Relative to The Carters, Solange also shows off in her surreal performance of “Cranes In The Sky.” It’s another family affair with co-direction by Knowles and her husband Alan Ferguson. Pause at any point of the video and every still is picturesque as Solange stars in 22 stunning outfits and several landscapes. Is this what heaven looks like?
Monae gives Monet a run for his money with her video for “PYNK.” The visual gave us the female empowerment we needed with unforgettable imagery including ruffled pants representing vaginas. The video’s description equates a gallery’s artist statement, reading: “PYNK is a brash celebration of creation. self-love. sexuality. and pussy power! PYNK is the colour that unites us all, for pink is the colour found in the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of humans everywhere… PYNK is where the future is born….”
Everything is eye candy in Dua Lipa’s “New Rules” where she sets out commandments against heartbreakers. Now at over a billion views on Youtube, it’s clear Dua Lipa is an artist worth watching. In “New Rules,” the songstress takes a vacation with her girl gang who somehow all manage to colour coordinate and synchronize choreography. We’re just wondering how she managed to find such perfect and Instagrammable friends?