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 by G (except for the ones I am in). Art by Kenny Scharf.
Kenny Scharf – Kolors. Showing at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York through May 4, 2013
There are some nights in New York that get more epic by the second and the opening night reception for Kenny Scharf’s latest amazing exhibit “Kolors” at Paul Kasmin Gallery on April 4, 2013 was one of them.
Kolors by Kenny Scharf
First off, you have to wonder how in the world Will Ryman’s exhibit was removed from the same gallery space. See photos of that exhibit here (link will open in new window). But I digress… Seeing Kenny Scharf’s art is more than enough to make your night, but the opening for “Kolors” was so much more. Kenny is a donut enthusiast, so naturally, there were free donuts at the opening.
Kenny Scharf Eating a Donut
And of course, the donuts were served on golf cart featuring Kenny’s art.
Kenny Scharf – Kolors
But that’s not all! The guest list for “Kolors” included so many legends, the Paul Kasmin Gallery was bursting with creativity and inspiration.
Kenny Scharf and Fab 5 Freddy
Moments later, I found myself in a conversation with two of the most creative people I’ve ever encountered (and please know that I’ve been going out in the art and music scene nearly every night for over 20 years, so this speaks volumes!) – Joey Arias and Mark Kostabi!
Joey Arias, Mark Kostabi, Geoffrey Dicker
These final two photos are too heavy for words. All I can do is express my gratitude to Joey, Mark and Kenny for being such major inspirations in my life! THANK YOU!!!
Kenny Scharf and Geoffrey Dicker
Do not miss seeing “Kolors” by Kenny Scharf for any reason! “Kolors” is on display at Paul Kasmin Gallery (located at 515 West 27th Street) in New York through May 4, 2013.
Photos by G. Art by Joseph Arthur.
New York! Make sure you head over to Able Fine Art in Manhattan to see the latest exhibit from singer/songwriter/poet and extremely prolific fine artist Joseph Arthur entitled “Emblematic Truth.” Both Joseph Arthur’s music and art careers are extremely inspiring and his list of accomplishments in both disciplines are very impressive. I highly encourage you to check out Joseph’s online virtual gallery, The Museum of Modern Arthur (MOMAR) if you have not already done so. You’ll be wowed.
Joseph Arthur playing guitar in front of his art
The opening night reception for “Emblematic Truth” was epic for so many reasons. First off, being in a room surrounded by Joseph Arthur’s paintings is a treat in and of itself because his work is so inspiring and visually appealing. In the corner of the exhibit, there was a drum kit and guitar (painted by Joseph Arthur) and Joseph surprised everyone in the gallery and performed for all of us!
I chatted with Joseph and was surprised and delighted that he remembered me from previous experiences with him, which is such a thrill because I have so much respect and admiration for him. Funnily enough, he remembered that I am the king of the “selfie,” where I like to take a photo with the artist whenever I find myself in a situation where that is a possibility.
Michael Stipe and Joseph Arthur
Moments later, one of Joseph’s friends, Michael Stipe (!!!) arrived and Joseph introduced me to him. He mentioned the “selfies” to Michael Stipe who graciously took one with me a few moments later. You can see the “selfies” after the jump.
“Emblematic Truth” by Joseph Arthur is showing at Abel Fine Art Gallery (located at 511 West 25h Street #507) through April 16, 2013. Do not miss it!
In other news, Joseph Arthur will be celebrating the release of his latest album “Ballad of Boogie Christ” with a special show at Bowery Ballroom in New York on June 13, 2013 and tickets go on sale March 29, 2013 at noon. If you’ve never seen Joseph Arthur in concert before, you simply must! See you there!
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Photos by G. Art by David Byrne.
Partial View of "Tight Spot" by David Byrne. On display at the Pace Gallery in NYC through October 1, 2011
To celebrate the expansion of The Pace Gallery in New York, musician and artist David Byrne is displaying a 2-week only site specific installation called “Tight Spot.” A 48 by 20 foot inflatable globe is underneath the High Line at 508 West 25th Street. The statement that David Byrne is making is so important for the times we are living in as the world is under massive constraints and is also expanding so fast – who knows what is going to happen?! A planet and the people contained within it can only take so much pressure before a massive change happens. The possibilities for good and bad are equally as likely. Inside the globe are low frequency vibrations created by David Byrne (and made with his voice instead of instruments). I found “Tight Spot” to be very inspirational serving as yet another wake up call to the people on this planet. David was in attendance for the opening night reception and he was extremely nice when I spoke with him. Below is a picture of David Byrne with some friends at the opening of “Tight Spot.” This exhibit is only on display until October 1, 2011 so you need to act fast to make sure you see it.
David Byrne (center) in front of "Tight Spot"
Photos by G. Various Artists.
He's Bad by Colin Christian
New York “South Park” fans, you’re going to love what I am about to tell you! The Opera Gallery in New York (located at 115 Spring Street) is celebrating 15 years of “South Park” being on the air. 15 artists have created “South Park”-themed art and as you can see, this is not an exhibit you should miss. The artists featured are Ad Hoc Collective, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Ron English, Mars English, Clark Fox, Naoto Hattori, Kano, Kid Zoom, Kathie Olivas, Greg Craola Simkins, Beau Stanton, Jordan Sotomayor, Trustocorp, Mark Dean Veca, Lindsay Way and Dave White. The above piece by Colin Christian of Cartman is made out of fiberglass and is enormous! That’s better than a box of Cheezy Poofs, according2g.
Last Supper In South Park by Ron English
Howdy Ho Jesus by Mark Dean Veca
The exhibit runs until April 10, 2011.