Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum

Posted by The G on July 14, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | 4 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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Photos: Lady Gaga’s New York ArtPop Pop-Up Exhibition

Posted by The G on November 13, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Lady Gaga Art Pop

Lady Gaga Art Pop

New York Little Monsters!  You have mere hours to see a pop-up exhibit of all things ArtPop.  Lady Gaga’s new album “ArtPop” dropped this week and to celebrate, she opened a 3 day only exhibit of Gaga ephemera in both New York and Los Angeles.

"Do What You Want" art work

“Do What U Want” art work

Hanging from the walls are gigantic canvases of the artwork that will feature on upcoming singles.

Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons

Lady Gaga and Jeff Koons

Photos of her working with the CD cover artist Jeff Koons also feature throughout the exhibit.

Lady Gaga - Costumes

Lady Gaga – Costumes

Many of her costumes are also on display.

Dope cover art

“Dope” cover art

The horrifying cover art of “Dope” where Gaga has a creepy looking grill in her mouth can also be seen.

I need you more than dope

I need you more than dope

Lyrics from “PopArt” are all over the walls of the pop-up space.

Binary Chair

Binary Chair

Gaga’s “Binary Chair” that was featured in photo shoots is also on exhibit.

Gypsy artwork

“Gypsy” artwork

Lots of nudity features in the artwork for the singles on this album.  Above is Stephen Klein’s photo for “Gypsy.”

Gazing balls!

Gazing balls!

If you are fascinated by Jeff Koons’ “Gazing Ball,” you can see photos from his 2013 exhibit of the same name here (link will open in a new window).

The Meat Dress!

The Meat Dress!

The infamous meat dress is on display (though it looks a little bit like beef jerky now).

One Second I'm A Koons Then Suddenly The Koons Is Me

One Second I’m A Koons Then Suddenly The Koons Is Me

This is possibly the best lyric Gaga has ever had, according2g.

The Merch!

The Merch!

Last, but certainly not least – there is merch for sale!  Go ga ga for Gaga at The Lady Gaga ARTPOP Pop Up Store. The exhibit runs from Monday November 11 – Wednesday November 13, from Noon to 9:00 PM Daily! Find it at 417 West 14th Street just West of Ninth Avenue (Near the Apple Store).  The Los Angeles exhibit is located at 1538 North Cahuenga Blvd.  You can see more NY photos at Worley Gig.  Rah rah, oh ma ma!

“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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