Photos by G. Art by Jeff Koons.
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.
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.
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.
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.