Friday Night /Saturday Afternoon! Gallery Chat /Is Jeff Koons A Buffoon?

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I have nothing against Jeff Koons and his conceptual pieces of art,  except that they offer little to think about and technically there really is no style to his work.  The pieces are in my opinion, merely reproductions of mass produced popular cultural items usually in the realm of  childhood memorabilia.

He himself has stated that “‘there is no deeper meaning ” to his work , and I credit him for acknowledging that fact.

Here is a sculpture, what do you think about it?  Is it art or kitsch?  A knickknack that could be seen on your grandmothers table. 

Rabbit in Naples, Italy, 2003

It is important in art and life to listen to other people’s opinions, get as many as you can, but always think for yourself, draw your own conclusions .

Here are two more examples,

Puppy in Bilbao

Tulips in Bilbao

Images from wikipedia

Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania and as a child he went door to door after school selling gift-wrapping paper and candy to earn pocket-money.[1] As a teenager he revered Salvador Dalí, to the extent that he visited him at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.

Koons studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Maryland Institute College of Art. After college, he worked as a Wall Street commodities broker while establishing himself as an artist. He gained recognition in the 1980s and subsequently set up a factory-like studio in a SoHo loft on the corner of Houston and Broadway in New York. It was staffed with over 30 assistants, each assigned to a different aspect of producing his work—in a similar mode as Andy Warhol‘s Factory.[2]


Koons’s early work was in the form of conceptual sculpture, an example of which is Three Ball 50/50 Tank (1985), consisting of three basket balls floating in distilled water that half-fills a glass tank.

Arts journalist Arifa Akbar reported for The Independent that in “an era when artists were not regarded as ‘stars’, Koons went to great lengths to cultivate his public persona by employing an image consultant.” Featuring photographs by Matt Chedgey, Koons placed “advertisements in international art magazines of himself surrounded by the trappings of success” and gave interviews “referring to himself in the third person.”[3]

Koons then moved on to Statuary, the large stainless-steel blowups of toys, followed by the Banality series that culminated in 1988 with Michael Jackson and Bubbles, a series of three life-size gold-leaf plated porcelain statues of the sitting singer cuddling Bubbles, his pet chimpanzee. Three years later, one of these sold at Sotheby’s New York for $5.6 million and now is in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The statue was included in a 2004 retrospective at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo which traveled a year later to the Helsinki City Art Museum. It also featured in his second retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in 2008.   FROM WIKIPEDIA


Think always, for yourself and have a sunny weekend!


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