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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“Elements” by David Datuna at Birnam Wood Galleries

Posted by The G on May 16, 2014 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Arty by David Datuna.

Michael Jackson by David Datuna

Michael Jackson by David Datuna

At first when you see “Elements” by David Datuna at Birnam Wood Galleries, you think to yourself “oh God!  How original to use some of the most famous pictures of icons in an exhibit.  That’s never been done before… NOT!  The artist couldn’t even be bothered to use an obscure picture of an icon?  UGH!”  But you immediately forgive that crime when you see David Datuna’s spin on things – his works feature hundreds of pairs of eye glasses!

Let’s have a closer look…

Extreme closeup

Extreme closeup

Pretty cool!

Jackie O, John Lennon

Jackie O, John Lennon

Many other instantly recognizable iconic images are on display including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, John Lennon and Andy Warhol.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

“Elements” by David Datuna is on display at Birnam Wood Galleries (located at 514 West 24th Street) in Manhattan through June 7, 2014.

“Empire Peaks” by Michael Leavitt at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Posted by The G on November 25, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Michael Leavitt.

Kim Jong-il vs. Jabba The Hutt

Kim Jong-il vs. Jabba The Hutt

Two years ago, I fell in love with Seattle-based artist Michael Leavitt’s work.  In a show called “The Art Army Royalty” (See pictures here.  Link will open in new window), Leavitt’s sculptures of modern art world superstars perfectly captured the essence of each artist while transforming them into the style or work each artist is most famous for.  His latest exhibit “Empire Peaks” at Jonathan Levine Gallery finds Leavitt juxtaposing Star Wars characters with celebrities and historical figures.  Every single work in the exhibit is a stroke of genius.

Hillary Clinton/Stormtrooper, Angelina Jolie/Slave Girl Leia

Hillary Clinton/Stormtrooper, Angelina Jolie/Slave Girl Leia

Che Guevarra/Boba Fett

Che Guevarra/Boba Fett

Barack Obama / Lando Calrissian

Barack Obama / Lando Calrissian

Michael Jackson / Wicket

Michael Jackson / Wicket

Mike Tyson / Darth Maul

Mike Tyson / Darth Maul

Steve Jobs/C3PO, Albert Einstein/R2D2

Steve Jobs/C3PO, Albert Einstein/R2D2

As you can see, all of these works are brilliant.  You can enjoy them without being a Star Wars fan, but if you love Star Wars, you may find yourself squealing with delight as you peruse the exhibit.  What you cannot see from these photos is the extreme detail in each figure, so I urge you to see them in person.  You have until December 21, 2013, so do not delay!  The Jonathan Levine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street #9E in Manhattan.

Abraham Lincoln / Han Solo

Abraham Lincoln / Han Solo

“Poster Child” by Bruce Pavlow at Shoot The Lobster

Posted by The G on September 19, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Bruce Pavlow.

Bruce Pavlow - Poster Child

Bruce Pavlow – Poster Child

The other day on a Chelsea gallery walk, I happened into Shoot the Lobster and I happened upon the genius exhibit “Poster Child” by Bruce Pavlow.  Pavlow has photographed posters of various pop culture subjects and has superimposed stickers over these famous images that completely change the context of the original work.

Bruce Pavlow - Poster Child 3

Bruce Pavlow – Poster Child

For example, taking the image of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album cover, you’ll see the words “Happy,” “Boys will be boys” “Fairy Tale” and so on on the poster thus leaving the viewer to examine the dark side of the singer and double entendre of Pavlow’s work.

Extreme Closeup

Extreme Closeup

These photos do not do justice to how much you will laugh and wince, so head over to Shoot The Lobster, located at 540 W 29th Street before October 12, 2013 to see “Poster Child” by Bruce Pavlow.

Bruce Pavlow - Poster Child 2

Bruce Pavlow – Poster Child

More info can be found by clicking here.

Michael Jackson – Bad 25

Posted by The G on September 18, 2012 under G Reviews | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.

Bad 25

Michael Jackson – Bad 25. Out Today

Michael Jackson fans are going to love “Bad 25.”  The 3rd classic Michael Jackson solo album celebrates its 25th anniversary by getting the deluxe reissue treatment.  In addition to the classic album which features the megahits “Bad,” “Man in the Mirror,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,”  “Dirty Diana,” “Smooth Criminal,” “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” and “Another Part of Me,” the treasure is bonus disc featuring 6 previously unreleased Bad-era demos (including the very funky “Al Capone,” which is an early version of “Smooth Criminal,” and “Don’t Be Messin’ Around” a track that could have stood right up there with any “Bad” album track), 2 previously released demos (the ballad “Fly Away,” and “Streetwalker”),  the Spanish and French versions of “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” plus 3 ghastly modern remixes of “Bad” ruined by Afrojack, Pitbull and Nero.  Missing is the 12″ version of the title track, which I would have much preferred (and the disc has 20 minutes of space for additional tracks), but I was not consulted, so there you have it.

Bad 25

Bad 25

Also featured is a full length concert live from Wembley Arena in England from 1988.  The previously unreleased show is featured in both DVD and audio CD and is said to have been mastered from Michael’s personal VHS copy of the show.

“Bad 25” by Michael Jackson is out now!  Get it!

 

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