Photos by G. Art 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.
The comprehensive exhibit covers Koons’ earliest work up through present day with his Gazing Ball series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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Photo by G.
New York! Get ready for a winter time clusterfuck! The reclusive and almost always disapproving Morrissey will be signing his autobiography entitled “Autobiography” at Barnes and Noble in Union Square on December 12, 2013 at 7 pm. No performance, no reading, just a ‘straight’ signing. Your receipt for book purchase is your ticket (per their tweet) My suggestion is that you get there early and don’t be disappointed if Moz signs a few and peaces out. Good luck!
Update: A day after getting everyone’s panties in a bunch about this event, Barnes and Noble (via Gothamist) have backtracked and said the event is not happening. I wonder if it’s because Morrissey disapproved of the venue. Or maybe he is still blaming former Smiths manager for sabotaging this effort?
Photo by G.
New York! Here’s your chance to meet Kylie Minogue! The true queen of pop is launching her book “Kylie Fashion,” a coffee table book of her iconic looks on June 17th, 2013. She’ll be at Sak’s 5th Avenue from 5:15 – 7:15 PM, signing books purchased at the event. RSVP is required so call 212-940-4372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Photos by G. Art by Imran Qureshi.
Imran Qureshi on the Roof of the Met
Every year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has a different exhibit on the roof of the building. In previous years, Jeff Koons’ balloon dog was there as was a really cool installation by Roxy Paine. This year, the floor of the roof is a commission by Imran Qureshi. In theory, it is really cool. The roof of the met is quite large and the mural extends across most of it. In actuality, it looks like you’re stepping into a blood bath. I found myself wanting to get a mop and bucket and rinse off this gigantic stain.
Imran Qureshi on the Roof featuring my shadow.
The good thing is that it’s always a treat to head up to the roof of the Met because you get to see really amazing views of Manhattan and on a gorgeous day, it’s even better. But like the Punk exhibit, which is showing a few floors below, you should definitely not move heaven and earth to see either.
This commission runs through November 3, 2013 and can be seen permitting on the weather.
Photos by G. Various Artists.
PUNK: Chaos to Couture at The Met from May 9 – August 14, 2013
There are good things and bad things about the much hyped “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” exhibit at The Met in New York. The good things first. It’s nice to see punk style finally getting its due in a museum setting. So much of DIY (do it yourself) culture has been assimilated into the mainstream, this exhibit finally legitimizes punkers into the world of the art elite. Like the 2011 “Savage Beauty” by Alexander McQueen exhibit, “Punk” is laid out beautifully with mannequins lining the sides and middle of each room with one cool design after another. The exhibit has many vintage punk outfits designed by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren and some beautiful punk inspired couture from McQueen, Versace, Givenchy and many top designers of today.
High Fashion inspired by Punk
What is disappointing is that as New York was (and still is) such a mecca for the punk scene, you’d have thought there would be accompanying photos and videos to try and give the viewer a real taste of the punk scene. Instead, there is a “Disney-fied” recreation of the CBGB bathroom, which gets an A for effort but was in no way as disgusting and vile as the actual bathroom was. Not very punk! Also disappointing was the focus on couture instead of punk ephemera. Sure, it was great seeing a pair of destroyed jeans by a top designer but let’s face it, paying thousands of dollars for that look is anything but punk!
The Met Gala Ball took place recently and a who’s who of celebrities and rockers were in attendance. After seeing this exhibit in person, you realize that all those celebrity stylists should really be fired, immediately because clearly they have no clue about what punk is! The outfits they dressed their celebs in missed the mark so bad it’s not even funny. Madonna was about the only person who got it right. However, in some strange way, it’s fitting because the Punk exhibit misses the mark too. What could have been the definitive story of punk left me with a bad case of the blues.
If you are in the area, the exhibit is definitely worth a quick browse, but it’s not something you should go out of your way to see.
Postcards at the Punk Gift Shop. Not punk!
“Punk: Chaos To Couture” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York runs through August 14, 2013.