Fashion Week Observed
How appropriate that Jeff Koons, the world’s most decadent artist, has designed a Champagne bottle for Dom Perignon. He was feted last night at a party in the West Village, which attracted the Fashion Week hive into a sweaty studio on Greenwich Street. Read More
Over at The New York Times Carol Vogel reports that at Christie’s fall contemporary auction Peter Brant will sell an orange Jeff Koons balloon dog with an estimate of $35 million to $55 million.
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.”
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.
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.
This morning a call went out on the New York Foundation for the Arts job board for a wood carver who might be interested in “full-time employment with leading contemporary artist Jeff Koons in a demanding studio atmosphere.”
The Drinks Business blog reports that Jeff Koons has been tapped to create the label for Château Mouton Rothschild’s 2010 Pauillac first growth. Previous artists/seo services to have that honor include Warhol, Picasso and Dalí. (Thanks to Art Observed for bringing this to our attention.)
The Art Newspaper reported in Miami today that Jeff Koons has planned a show at David Zwirner for this May, his first with the gallery and a major coup for the blue-chip Chelsea stalwart.
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.
“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.