“Gazing Ball” by Jeff Koons at David Zwirner

Posted by The G on May 9, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | 2 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Jeff Koons.

Jeff Koons "Gazing Ball"

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”

Jeff Koons’ first exhibit of new work in New York in a decade opened last night, May 8, 2013 in the exhibit “Gazing Ball” at David Zwirner and it was quite a scene.  His work often elicits a strong response and I heard the gamut of emotions last night at the opening night reception.

Jeff Koons "Gazing Ball"

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”

The fact that Koons’ work gives people such a strong reaction is proof that his work is effective as it pushes the “art as a conversation” boundaries outwards.  I overheard a lot of art critics (who shall not be named) not wanting to like it, but once inside the gallery, they couldn’t help but enjoy what they saw.  And to those who didn’t give the work a chance and just hated on it for the sake of hatred, it was abundantly clear that those people are extremely jealous of Jeff Koons’ success.

Jeff Koons "Gazing Ball"

Jeff Koons “Gazing Ball”

I am not one of those people who is jealous of Koons and in fact, I think that it’s so great that he has not let fame go to his head.  He has just been dubbed the most successful US artist since Andy Warhol, and still he took the time at the opening to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans, and as you can imagine, he was pretty mobbed at times.

Mark Kostabi at Jeff Koons' "Gazing Ball"

Mark Kostabi at Jeff Koons’ “Gazing Ball”

Many celebs and artists were at the opening including artist Mark Kostabi (pictured above), Ben Stiller, Salman Rushdie and art collector Peter Brant.

Have your own conversation about Koons’ latest exhibit “Gazing Ball” after viewing it at David Zwirner (located at 525 West 19th Street) through June 29, 2013.

Jeff Koons and Geoffrey Dicker 2013

Jeff Koons and Geoffrey Dicker 2013

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  • Gail said,

    You got some great shots G, and one of a piece I didnt even see! So funny that Salman Rushdie was standing right next to me and I was like “That guy looks just like Salman Rushdie,” but it never occurred to me that it was him. Funny. Great Art, Great Show!

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