Jeff Koons art news, sculpture and exhibition reviews of the famous American kitsch artist.

Jeff Koons Whitney Retrospective

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It’s cold, windy and miserable here in Australia today so I’m going to complain about the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York that everyone is fawning over. On a good day, a more optimistic day, I would probably notice all the positive things about the man and the art as he is a great success. Obviously there are different flavors of success, but the success that says the money value of a thing is a measure of it’s true worth says Koons is the most successful artist alive. Other flavors of success that don’t take money into account could paint Koons as a complete and utter failure, but I think he’s somewhere in between the two extremes.Continue Reading

Record Christie’s Auction

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The auction lots may not have been surreal but the prices most certainly were. The Christie’s post war and contemporary art evening sale on Tuesday made a record $744.9 million. That’s close to a billion dollars worth of art sold in one night! If you combine the Monday and Tuesday sales there was $879,574,000 worth of art sold. An $80+ million Francis Bacon and an $84+ million Barnett Newman were the two most expensive lots to sell. How does one start a hedge fund? I think I’m in the wrong game ;-) Continue Reading

Jeff Koons and Dom Perignon Bottle

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Two luxury brands are teaming up to provide us with a wonderful discount or they’re out to rob us blind, depending on which way you look at it. If you see it as a 15,000 Euro bottle of bubbly you will feel robbed, but if you see it as an opportunity to buy your own Jeff Koons sculpture you will probably feel like you are getting a bargain at about $20,000 USD.Continue Reading

Jeff Koons has more than 120 Assistants

The 20 year old me would have been horrified at hearing that an artist has 120+ assistants. (Thirteen years ago I also thought money was evil, politicians were looking after us, life was endless, and people were good.) But now I think it’s absolutely amazing that one artist could sell enough work to support 120+ workers. The purist in me still wants to rant but I just don’t go there anymore.Continue Reading

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Preview

Sotheby’s has a video preview of their upcoming Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction in New York on the 11th of November online here. There’s a few important works in it that must have billionaire art collectors licking their lips. Click on “Browse the Catalogue” on the video preview page above to see all the works up for auction.

My favorite painting in the auction is easily Philip Guston’s “Beggar’s Joys” work from 1954/55. There’s no estimate for the work on the Sotheby’s website, but I’m guessing that it’s out of my price range by quite a few million.Continue Reading

Dakis Joannou’s Jeff Koons Yacht

The Greek billionaire businessman and art collector Dakis Joannou has had the exterior of his 114 ft luxury yacht designed by Jeff Koons. The owner called his yacht “Guilty” after a Sarah Morris text painting according to the Monaco Eye website.Continue Reading

Jeff Koons Interview

ArtInfo has interviewed the king of kitsch and holder of the “Most expensive artist at auction” title, Jeff Koons. Quite often I find what he has to say more interesting than what he does.. or what his studio does for him.Continue Reading

Most Expensive Living Artists at Auction

Update: Lucian Freud is now the most expensive living artist at auction with his Big Sue painting.

Over at the Art Newspaper there’s an interesting story about the most expensive living artists at auction, with the baton being passed from Jasper Johns, to Damien Hirst, and now Jeff Koons.Continue Reading

Jeff Koons Studio Tour Auction is currently auctioning an oportunity to take a private tour of the Jeff Koons studio in New York with the artist himself. The tour is for four people and only has about 12 hours left before bidding ends. The current bid is at $3,250.

Here’s more about the Koons studio auction from Charity Buzz..Continue Reading

RED Auction for AIDS Raises $40 Million

Contemporary art has showed that it has a heart by raising more than $40 million to help fight AIDS in Africa. Bono, Damien Hirst, Sotheby‚Äôs, and Gagosian Gallery organized the (RED) auction on Valentine’s day, where leading contemporary artists from around the world donated major works to auction for the cause.Continue Reading