SmartPeople: Lady Gaga, Hugo Chavez, Linda Ronstadt

Lady Gaga

A series of ‘video portraits’ of Lady Gaga raised over $1 million at an auction over the weekend. Director Robert Wilson showcased his 23 Video Portraits of Lady Gaga series (first shown at the Louvre in November) at his annual Watermill Centre gala in the Hamptons, and the controversial images — which included the Born this Way singer as a beheaded John the Baptist and hanging tied-up and naked upside-down — were sold off.

Hugo Chavez

Supporters of Venezuela’s late socialist leader Hugo Chavez on Monday unveiled a novel way of keeping his memory alive — a font for typing in El Comandante’s handwriting style. The distinctive ‘ChavezPro’ font was launched by a group of young “anti-imperialists” to coincide with nationwide commemorations of the 60th anniversary of his birth. They used letters written by Chavez while he was in jail to digitalise his handwriting.

Linda Ronstadt

Known for hits such as It’s So Easy and You’re No Good, Linda Ronstadt, the most successful female rocker of the ‘70s, was honoured on Monday with the highest US arts prize. President Barack Obama bestowed the National Medal of Arts on the multiple Grammy winner, now 68, and suffering from Parkinson’s. “The arts and humanities aren’t just there to be consumed when we have a moment...We need them,” Obama said.

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