Today in the New York Times’s exhaustive coverage of every little thing Jeff Koons does, we learned that Koons has been tapped by philanthropist group Project Perpetual to create a series of works that will raise money to support the United Nations Foundation in distributing children’s vaccines. In order to create his pieces, the artist is using material from luxury handbags donated by Diane von Furstenberg, Sofia Coppola, Almine Ruiz-Picasso, and other boldfaced names, including royalty — perhaps his most literal pile of celebrity fetishism yet. Of course, the cause is admirable, so here’s hoping collectors crack open their equally impressive pocketbooks for the auction at the Four Seasons on November 9. Meanwhile, next up on Koons Watch: the artist eats a late lunch, stands near something that now has cachet.
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Although we couldn’t be more over it with the hundreds of Jeff Koons instagrams in our feed this week, it would be a serious omission not to include a few. Here’s Elisabeth von Thurn und Taxis’s (elisabethtnt) hilarious pic of her mom Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis, posing in front of Koons’s terrifying purple sex sculpture from the “Made in Heaven” series.
Which came first, the gazing ball or the egg? A giant egg created by Jeff Koons for Faberge’s “Big Egg Hunt” is officially the most expensive artwork ever sold on auction site Paddle8. Although there are still two weeks of bidding left on the 236 eggs in the online sale, Koons’s gazing ball-accented egg has already been bid up to $360,000 from its starting price of $500. The previous Paddle8 record was held by Dan Colen’s “Another Bomb,” which went for $260,000 in December 2012.
Jeff Koons, one of the most famous artists to come out of the East Village gallery scene, is back on his old stomping grounds, sort of. His sculpture “Balloon Rabbit (Red)” (2005-2010) has taken over the lobby of 51 Astor Place, a new building adjacent to the embattled art and architecture school the Cooper Union that has been built by collector Edward J. Minskoff’s firm, Edward Minksoff Equities, Inc. When ARTINFO swung by to see the perky red rabbit this morning, passing pedestrians appeared pleased by the playful piece of (quasi-)public art. (more…)
Art Production Fund director Casey Fremont posted this regram of Jay Z visiting the Warhol Museum. (more…)
As you may have heard, much of North America is currently caught in the chilly swirl of something allegedly called a “polar vortex,” a phrase that is as cool as the tremendous lack of warmth to which it refers — which, for comparison’s sake, is slightly cooler than a polar bear’s toenail. In any event, before our fingers fall off from frost-bite we’ve gone in search of the most chilling artworks we could find, and the one that seems to most accurately reflect our impression of New York City today is Paul Klee’s bleak “Cold City” (1921, above). But in case Klee’s tundra-like metropolis doesn’t send chills down your spine, we’ve included a few more icy artworks below. (more…)
While everyone else is juice-cleansing and visiting the gym religiously, we’ve decided to commit to a resolution that we feel pretty confident we’ll be able to keep — to see more art and to drink more while we’re doing it. And that makes the New Year the perfect time to debut a new series called Art World Drinks, in which we will mix up ambrosial cocktails inspired by renowned artists’ works. For the inaugural beverage, we turned to bartender Micaela Piccolo, who mixes drinks at Tribeca bar and pub Distilled, to create “A Koons Night In,” a citrusy drink inspired by Jeff Koons’s 1986 work “Stay in Tonight.”
The Art Production Fund’s Yvonne Force Villareal was at NBC’s studios, where she snapped this great picture of the tree at Rockefeller Center. (more…)
The ever-imaginative art collective Friends With You always seem to hit exactly the right note for Art Basel in Miami Beach. This year, their installation “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in collaboration with Paul Kasmin Gallery and Paper Magazine at the Mondrian South Beach, offered guests in Miami an inflatable installation that employed the full color spectrum in an effort to bring the viewer to an “enhanced state of happiness and self-healing.” (more…)
In addition to having what may be the most expensive work on sale at Art Basel in Miami Beach — his sculpture “Baroque Egg With Bow (Turquoise/Magenta)” in Gagosian’s booth — Jeff Koons is on the scene at today’s VIP preview. When we spotted him he was spending a long time chatting with dealer David Nolan — whose Chelsea gallery is located a half-block from the Koons studio complex — and browsing the works in his booth. (more…)