Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum

Posted by The G on July 14, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | 3 Comments to Read

Photos by G.  Art by Jeff Koons.

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons

Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons

If you are a fan of Jeff Koons (and perhaps even if you are not a fan), you should really head over to the Whitney Museum in New York to check out their retrospective on the man who is one of the world’s most famous and also richest artists.

Gazing Ball

Gazing Ball

The comprehensive exhibit covers Koons’ earliest work up through present day with his Gazing Ball series.

Made In Heaven

Made In Heaven

The infamous X-rated “Made In Heaven” series, where Jeff Koons became a temporary porn star with his then wife Ciccolina, are also on display, and you get to see another side of Koons (pun intended), an artist who was not afraid to get naked for his art.

Equilibrium Series

Equilibrium Series

The exhibit is organized by the various stages of Koons’ career and when you see the diversity and vast body of work, I think it might even change the opinion of the haters.  Well, if you’re not a fan and you see the exhibit, tell us what you thought in the comments section.

Celebration series

Celebration series

As a person who likes to take my own photos for usage on this blog, I was thrilled that the Whitney loosened their no photos policy for this show, the last exhibit at their uptown Manhattan location before it moves down to Chelsea in 2015.

Popeye

Popeye

This show will be traveling to Paris in 2014 and Spain in 2015 and I hope there will be some sort of documentary on how this priceless art is transported and hung.   Though it may not be obvious from the photos, in real life, many of these works are absolutely gigantic.

Easyfun-Ethereal series

Easyfun-Ethereal series

Personally, I love Jeff Koons’ work and to see so many familiar artworks as well as so many I’ve never gotten to see in person was really an incredible experience for me.

Hulk

Hulk

And now, enjoy a few more pictures (which are only a tiny fraction of the over 150 works on display at the Whitney).

The New series

The New series

Celebration series

Celebration series

Inflatables series

Inflatables series

 

Pre-New series

Pre-New series

Split-Rocker

Split-Rocker

Luxury and Degradation

Luxury and Degradation

After the jump, see a few images that are not safe for closed minded people (NSFCMP).

If you choose not to go on, know that the Koons Retrospective is on display through October 19, 2014 at the Whitney Musuem, located at 945 Madison Avenue and 75th Street.  Don’t miss it!
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“Intimate Sculptures” by Roy Lichtenstein at Flag Art Foundation

Posted by The G on July 7, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Roy Lichtenstein.

Roy Lichtenstein - Intimate Sculptures

Roy Lichtenstein – Intimate Sculptures

If you are a fan of Roy Lichtenstein’s work, you will definitely want to head over to Flag Art Foundation in New York and check out their exhibit of his work entitled “Intimate Sculptures.”

Roy Lichtenstein - Intimate Sculptures

Roy Lichtenstein – Intimate Sculptures

The exhibit is laid out as if you were in someone’s living room and Lichtenstein’s sculptures decorate the area.  It indeed feels intimate and you may find yourself wanting to be a squatter in this living space.

Roy Lichtenstein - Intimate Sculptures

Roy Lichtenstein – Intimate Sculptures

Intimate Sculptures” by Roy Lichtenstein runs though January 31, 2015 at Flag Art Foundation (located at 545 West 25th Street 9th Floor) in New York.

Roy Lichtenstein - Intimate Sculptures

Roy Lichtenstein – Intimate Sculptures

“RRRGGHH!!!” by Jerry Kearns at Mike Weiss Gallery

Posted by The G on July 5, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Jerry Kearns.

Jerry Kearns

Jerry Kearns

Even if you don’t like his art (but as you can see above and below, it’s awesome!), you will surely agree that Jerry Kearns’ latest exhibit “RRRGGHH!!!” will be the best name for an exhibit that takes place in 2014.  The show is a combination of paintings and murals featuring comic book like narratives of good versus evil that feature characters from cowboys to Jesus Christ.  Jinkies!!!!  You must see this show!

Jerry Kearns

Jerry Kearns

“RRRGGHH!!!” by Jerry Kearns is showing at Mike Weiss Gallery (located at 520 West 24th Street) through August 23, 2014.

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“Yell-O” at C24 Gallery

Posted by The G on July 4, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

Nick Gentry

Nick Gentry

The C24 Gallery in New York has an interesting summer group show (yes, I realize those two phrases are mutually exclusive) at the moment called “Yell-o.”  It features 4 artists and here’s a bit about each one.  Nick Gentry from the UK (see above and below for a close up) uses old hard disks as a canvas.

Nick Gentry

Nick Gentry (close up)

Adele Mills

Adele Mills

American artist Adele Mills creates multi-dimensional artworks by combining slightly different photographs of the same object or two entirely different illusions, resulting in changing, seemingly moving image. She achieves this visual effect by creating a layered visual – a digitally printed photograph based on paper or linen, merged with painted acrylics on layers of transparent silk.

Ekaterina Panikanova

Ekaterina Panikanova

Ekaterina Panikanova from Russia paints across large spreads of old books and other documents mounted on wood.

Ekaterina Panikanova

Ekaterina Panikanova (close up)

Last but not least,

J Mikal Davis

J Mikal Davis

American artist J. Mikal Davis, who is also known as Hellbent in the world of street art, paints geometric patterns that give his works a very cool 3-D effect.

If any of these works appeal to you, there are plenty more at the C24 Gallery, which is located at 514 West 24th Street in Manhattan.  “Yell-o” is on display through August 23, 2014.

“Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas at Lehmann Maupin

Posted by The G on July 3, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Mickalene Thomas.

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas

New York’s own Mickalene Thomas has a new exhibit at Lehmann Maupin in her home city.  Entitled, “Tête de Femme,” the show features Thomas exploring the intricacies of a woman’s beauty via collage.

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas

The title “Tête de Femme” means “head of a woman” when translated into English.

Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas

“Tête de Femme” by Mickalene Thomas is showing at Lehmann Maupin (located at 540 West 26th Street) until August 8, 2014.  Learn more about the show here.

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