The Koons Effect

July 23, 2014

photo 3-2Thirty five years of inflatables, naked ladies, colored mirrors, basketballs, vacuum cleaners, and cartoon animals have gathered together for the first time. The menagerie of sculptures and paintings range from super-sized shiny to blandly ubiquitous, at times cerebral and at other times really in your face. He’s an extrovert who often makes somewhat uncomfortable comments about inflatable toys, like “The sexual power of the imagery was so intoxicating to me visually that I had to have a drink.” We are enchanted by his prolificness, his whimsy, and his celebrity. Collectors and speculators throw gobs of money at him for enormous metal Popeyes, lobsters, and balloon dogs. I’m talking, of course, about Jeff Koons whose first New York retrospective is currently on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Jeff Koons: A Retrospective is a celebration of an artist’s uncanny ability to make metal look plastic and Michael Jackson look white.

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April 29, 2014

Art inspired by good ‘ole U.S.A…

Robert Longo, Untitled (Capitol), 2012-2013, charcoal on paper, 120 x 450 inches

Robert Longo, Untitled (Capitol), 2012-2013, charcoal on paper, 120 x 450 inches


I love America. We have a unique and proud history, but not without its dark days. Robert Longo captures some of our crowning achievements and somber moments in his exhibitions at both Petzel and Metro Pictures galleries. He is an insanely skilled artist who, for the past 30 years, has presented charcoal drawings with photographic precision. Longo’s colossal Untitled (Capitol), 2012-2013, is a testament to the might of our monuments. It is also a symbol of our often polarized nation, being the site of both inaugurations and protest. Another work in the show, Untitled (Black Jack Boot), pictured here, poignantly captures a day of mourning in America by depicting the riderless horse and empty boot that led President JFK’s funeral procession

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