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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Photos of Jeff Koons’ work by G.
Jeff Koons – Made In Heaven. Showing at Luxembourg & Dayan in NYC from October 6, 2010 – January 21, 2011
20 years ago, Jeff Koons exhibited a series of photos called “Made In Heaven” in both Venice, Italy as well as New York. The photos caused a major stir in the art world as the series depicted Koons’ union with his wife, porn star and politician Ilona Staller, in very sexually explicit imagery. Luxembourg & Dayan in New York is celebrating the 20th anniversary of “Made In Heaven” with a restaging of the original exhibit. For those new to the art world and that live in New York, you are probably most familiar with Jeff Koons’ works such as the metallic balloon dog that was housed on the roof of the Met Museum several years ago. “Made In Heaven” depicts a side of Jeff Koons rarely seen (pun definitely intended). Though Koons has admitted publicly there are no hidden messages in his work and all imagery should be taken at face value, seeing the “Made In Heaven” exhibit will give your brain plenty of food for thought. I attended a special sneak preview of this exhibit and the discussions I had with the guests at Luxembourg & Dayan were absolutely fascinating. One of the topics that I’ll be thinking about for a while is how has our society progressed/regressed when it comes to images of a sexual nature. Loyal readers might recall a few weeks ago, I performed a work by Yoko Ono dressed in a crocheted outfit by the artist Olek merely trying to shake people’s hands at an art fair. There was nothing sexual at all about the performance and yet it was very challenging for people to open their hearts and minds. When thinking of that day and seeing “Made In Heaven,” I have so much to chew on, my head hurts! Are we doomed as a society?
After the jump, see some images from “Made In Heaven” by Jeff Koons. If you are closed minded, please don’t read any further. UPDATE: 5 years after this post was published, I got an automated email from the Google Police telling me that if I don’t remove “pornographic images,” my site will be disqualified from using Google Ads. A similar thing happened to Worley Gig in 2013, and I wrote about it here. The highlights, if you don’t want to click are that both WorleyGig and I posted photos of art on display at art galleries, and we’ve been falsely accused of publishing pornography. We’ve not been given ANY chance of rebuttal and instead, given a 72 hour notice that if “offensive” photos are not removed, Google AdSense will be disabled from our site. For indie blogs like ours, this can negatively impact our tiny little revenue stream, we basically have no choice but to comply. I want to state for the record that I am 100% against censorship, and 100% completely disagree with Google on this issue.
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