Museums

MOCA Los Angeles Delays Koons Retrospective to 2015 [Updated]

A detail of a Koons at Gagosian New York. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

Poor Los Angeles. Poor, poor Los Angeles. Last year its Museum of Contemporary Art scuttled plans to host Tate Modern’s Damien Hirst show and an exhibition of Richard Hamilton’s work, and now MOCA is saying that it will not open its Koons retrospective in January, as previously planned. The show will debut at the Whitney in June of next year, and then travel to Paris’s Centre Pompidou in October. A rep for MOCA told The Observer, “We anticipate a 2015 opening.” Read More

Champagne

Jeff Koons and Dom Pérignon Collaborate on Special Rosé Package

(Photo by Raphael Gianelli Meriano, courtesy Dom Pérignon)

Jeff Koons has teamed up with Dom Pérignon on a limited-edition rosé package that will retail for $20,000. It is a 2003 vintage, which the company’s chef de cave (cellar master), Richard Geoffroy, tells WWD is “as bold, as provocative…as full bodied, intense, sensuous as can be.” That’s actually also a pretty good description of Mr. Koons’s amazing show at Gagosian Gallery right now. Read More

On View

‘Jeff Koons: New Paintings and Sculpture’ at Gagosian Gallery and ‘Jeff Koons: Gazing Ball’ at David Zwirner

'Metallic Venus,' 2010–12. (© Jeff Koons/Gagosian Gallery)

Jeff Koons’s two-gallery blowout, his first large-scale appearance in commercial galleries in the city in 10 years and the unrivaled event of the spring art season (barring, perhaps, the Frieze Art Fair), is a roaring success, filled with feats of engineering and artistic choices that are as gleefully peculiar and perverse as any he has ever made. Mr. Koons strives to please, and he delivers. Read More

Auctions

Christie’s Nets $412.3 M. at Record Contemporary Art Sale

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$33.7 million | Jeff Koons, Tulips, 1995–2004

The fall’s auction season in New York is turning out to be a record-breaking one. Tuesday night Sotheby’s made its highest-ever total with a postwar and contemporary auction that came to $375.1 million. And earlier this evening, a Christie’s sale in the same category brought in $412.3 million, the highest total ever for an auction of contemporary art. Led by house auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen, the lively sale, which topped its high estimate of $411.8 million, saw new records for Richard Serra, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Kline, Richard Diebenkorn, Donald Judd, Mark Grotjahn and Jeff Koons. Mr. Koons is now the second most expensive living artist at auction, after Gerhard Richter. Read More

photo ops

At Christie’s, Jeff Koons Poses With ‘Tulips’

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Koons and 'Tulips.' (Getty Images)

“Were you waiting for someone?” Jeff Koons asked a scrum of photographers this morning, as he walked up to his sculpture Tulips (1995-2004), which has been installed in a black pool outside Christie’s in Rockefeller Center. The sculpture, seven tulips of varying colors fabricated from mirror-polished stainless steel in an edition of five, is part of Mr. Koons’s “Celebration” series and is expected to bring in between $20 million and $30 million at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on Nov. 14. Until then, the enormous gleaming bouquet, which Christie’s in a statement called the artist’s “most complex technical creation to date,” will remain on view for the public to take in. Read More