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10 Music Videos to Get You through Art Fair Season
Art fair season is not even close to behind us, and neither is your sleep deprivation or constant st...
Art Girls Jungle 17 Mar 2019

Armory might be behind us, but hold onto your sighs of relief. Art fair season is not even close to behind us, and neither is your sleep deprivation or constant state of anxiety. Time to down another shot of espresso, put another coat of mascara over last night’s mascara that never came off, and get your head in the game.
If, instead of sifting through your small avalanche of unread emails, you’re currently on Zillow browsing foreclosed French Riviera chateaus or plotting a heist in which you steal all of the pieces in your gallery’s current show and unload them on the black market before disappearing to Tahiti, keep reading.
While I can’t tell you how to fit 10 hours of sleep into 3.5, there is one thing I can do right now to boost mid-art fair season morale. If stress and sleep deprivation has you feeling more gloomy than glam, here are 10 music videos, new and old, that’ll help you sublimate all of your Armory-induced angst and depression. Enjoy!
1) “Picture to Burn” by Taylor Swift

Bet you didn’t think Taylor Swift would make the cut, but hear me out. This video features vintage Taylor in all her 2000s glory: curly hair, one-shoulder dress, country twang and vindictive snakeyness. And I mean that as a compliment of the highest order. Whatever disaster is playing out in your life right now, let this video remind you that the best way to get over something is to whine about it for 3.5 minutes, then declare, “You know what, I’m over it.”
2) “Bound 2” by Kanye West

As every single culture critic in the world has already noted, it’s impossible to take Kanye’s “Bound 2” music video seriously. But it’s also just as impossible to take anything seriously after watching it, hence it’s art fair season therapeutic value. How can you stay mad at your handler or intern after watching Kanye gaze lovingly at a nude Kim straddling him on a motorcycle, intercut with stallions racing through the Grand Canyon? Impossible.
3) “Ray of Light” by Madonna

This sunny and exuberant music video won Madonna a VMA award in 1998, and it’s easy to see why. It’s bursting with energy and life and, combined with the pulsing beat, will lift the funkiest of art fair season funks.
4) “Under Cover of Darkness” by The Strokes

This video kills a lot of birds with one stone. Julian Casablancas looks like your shitty musician ex dressed up for dinner with your parents, his suit trying to prove that he’s a nice young man and not the sexual deviant that he is. At the same time, The Strokes never fail to strike an angsty chord. The song could almost be anarchic, but they just don’t care enough to make the words make sense. Instead, they just prance around a plush aristocratic interior and strum guitars. I’m actually not sure how this video will help you transcend your art fair angst, but it will transport you back into a very adolescent headspace that that makes angst feel sexy and chic.
5) “Slow Fast Disco” by St. Vincent

This song is an ode to anyone who has ever walked into a party, did a turn around the room and wished they could walk straight out. And yet, St. Vincent makes being sad at the party look so fun. Granted, your shitty gala probably doesn’t come with throns of men dancing in scanty leather, but next time you’re up late schmoozing when you’d rather be snoozing, channel her sad girl glam and power through, at least until the end of the song.
6) “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe

Even without her adorable more-than-friendship” with Tessa Thompson, Janelle Monáe is easily the hottest thing that’s happened to pop music in the last few years. She struts through a club filled with David Bowie look-alikes, as Michelle Kim of Pitchfork pointedout, looking like a goddess who’s leapt straight out of the pages of Notes on Camp. Needless to say, whatever bullshit is currently weighing you down will not hold up against the gravitational pull of her magnificent ass—I mean, aesthetic.
7) “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande

In her sweet n sassy moving-on anthem after a highly publicized breakup with Pete Davidson, Grande refuses to be dragged down by the drama. Instead, she spoofs two of the most iconic early 2000s rom-coms, Mean Girls and Legally Blonde, looking like a perfect plastic Barbie doll while singing about self-love. The video is a gargantuan feat of pulling yourself together and moving on with your life. If Ariana can go from gushing all over social media about having found the love of her life to thisin a cool few months, I think you can pull yourself together from whatever irrelevant art fair drama you’re currently falling apart over.
8) “My My My!” by Troye Sivan

What can I say—Troye Sivan in this video is the Tadzio of my own personal Death in Venice. Troye Sivan in this video makes me feel like staying young and sexy forever is a serious and legitimate life aspiration. There’s more that can be said about this video—and Pitchforkhas said it—but this video is on this list purely as eye candy. Next time you’re feeling like a mid-afternoon snack, skip the m&ms and hit play.
9) “Boyish” by Japanese Breakfast

Let’s face it, most of us art-world types were not popular in high school. If we had been, we probably would be married to some guy named Chad right now, not hustling day and night to offload canvases splattered with paint and god knows what else onto balding white dudes with offshore accounts in the Caymans. No, if we had been popular in high school, our only response to contemporary art would be the fabled, “my kid could have done that.” Well, here’s a video for anyone who’s ever wanted to rewrite their high school prom into a version where the cool, shy arty girl takes center stage, literally. At the end, she’s rocking on the football field, blocking out the cheerleaders—our collective art world wet dream in the flesh. Enjoy responsibly.
10) “Dance To This” by Troye Sivan, ft. Ariana Grande

I know that both of these artists are already on the list, but if loving Troye Sivan and Ariana Grande’s adorkably awkward dance duet is wrong, I don’t want to be right. If you need a little reminder that there’s love and purity still exist in this world, this is your answer.

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